Florida Gators' Maurkice Pouncey Denies Taking Money From Agent

Brad GoldbachCorrespondent IJuly 21, 2010

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 31:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators celebrates his rushing touchdown against the Georgia Bulldogs with Maurkice Pouncey #56 at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on October 31, 2009 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The latest wrinkle in the Maurkice Pouncey investigation should come as no surprise to anyone: Pouncey has denied that he accepted $100,000 while a student at the University of Florida.

Pouncey released the information in a statement through his attorney, M. Stephen Stanley, of Gainesville.

This signifies that things might get a little bit ugly as investigators start to dig up dirt on Pouncey and the agent who allegedly gave him money.

People on this board have speculated that Pouncey may have taken the money to help his father pay for a life-saving operation. If this is true, then it would be a little easier to understand his decision.

Some people might think that he would be forthcoming if he did in fact do this, but that may not be the case. His denial does not mean that this didn't happen. Of course, it also doesn't mean he is guilty, either.

Hopefully, this will not drag out into the football season and cause a distraction for the Gators as things move forward.

It all depends on how serious the NCAA is about stopping illegal agent relations with players before they officially turn pro.

The best case scenario is obviously that Pouncey is right and this information came from an unreliable source. Even if this proves to be true, Florida did the right thing by being forthcoming with this information as soon as possible.

The worst case is that investigators find out that he did accept money and the extra digging reveals more infractions on the part of the school, or at least players involved.

The most logical outcome has already been floated: Florida will vacate its Sugar Bowl victory over Cincinnati. Big deal. Florida fans can live with that one.

Here's to hoping that whatever outcome happens comes quickly and before football season.

I don't know about you guys, but I'm even more ready for football season to get here, so we can talk about actual football.