GAINESVILLE (AP) - Former Florida Gators standout Maurkice Pouncey denied allegations Wednesday that he took money from a representative of a sports agent while he was still at the university.
"I did not accept $100,000, it is an absolutely ridiculous claim. I have completely cooperated with the investigation and answered any and all questions put to me," Pouncey said in a statement released through his Gainesville attorney, M. Stephen Stanfield.
Florida and the NCAA are investigating an allegation that Pouncey was paid $100,000 between the Southeastern Conference title game and the Sugar Bowl last season, ESPN.com reported earlier this week.
The offensive lineman was selected 18th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers in this year's NFL draft. His twin brother, Mike, will be a senior at Florida this season.
Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley has said the university became aware of the allegation in early June. He said the school reported the information to the NCAA, the SEC and the university's police department.
Pouncey's agent is Joel Segal, but the allegation is not necessarily tied to him. If the allegation is proven true, however, Pouncey could be ruled ineligible for the Sugar Bowl game and Florida might have to vacate that victory over Cincinnati among other potential penalties.