NCAA Says It Didn't Halt Trevor Lawrence, Marissa Mowry's COVID-19 Fundraiser

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 24, 2020

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 13: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers passes against the LSU Tigers during the College Football Playoff National Championship held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 13, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images)
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Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and his girlfriend Marissa Mowry said NCAA rules have stopped them from raising funds to aid coronavirus relief, per Matt Connolly of The State.

Mowry, a soccer player at Division II Anderson University in South Carolina, set up a GoFundMe page for COVID-19 relief, raising $2,670, but she announced Monday on her Instagram account that she was forced to shut it down.

"Unfortunately, though, Trevor cannot be a part of this anymore due to compliance and some rules, so he can't help out anymore," she said in a video. "And also we have to take down the GoFundMe page."

Though the NCAA didn't reach out directly about the page, the Clemson compliance department decided to put an end to it, per Grace Raynor of The Athletic.

However, the NCAA released a statement saying it did not ask for the fundraiser to be taken down:

Inside the NCAA @InsidetheNCAA

The NCAA did not ask Clemson student-athlete Trevor Lawrence to take down his fundraiser for COVID-19 patients and their families. https://t.co/5oaG75LNQC https://t.co/fUaux6SXdi

"Very much appreciate the NCAA looking into this and responding quickly," Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich said, per Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports. "Acts like [Trevor's] are important during this time of national concern."

The money they raised will go to Meals on Wheels and No Kid Hungry.

"Shout out to the NCAA," Lawrence said on Instagram, per Raynor. "Thank y'all so much for granting a waiver. They're allowing us to raise money now, to continue to raise money for what we were doing originally."

When it appeared the GoFundMe had shut down, Mowry encouraged people to donate to those programs directly. The pair will also still gather nominations so that they can write letters to those directly impacted by the coronavirus as well as health care workers.

As one of the most recognizable athletes in college sports, Lawrence is a valuable face of a fundraiser. The quarterback helped the Tigers win a national championship as a freshman in 2018 and led the team back to the title game last season before it lost to LSU.

The Tennessee native has the second-best odds to win the Heisman Trophy next season behind only Ohio State's Justin Fields, per DraftKings Sportsbook (via B/R Betting).