The NCAA announced today that Florida sophomore defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd is ineligible for this weekend's game against UAB and must pay 2,700 dollars to charity.
This ruling is in response Floyd accepting financial contributions from the non-profit organization Student Athlete Mentoring Council, based in Delaware.
Gators head coach Will Muschamp was livid about the ruling, particularly by the terminology "preferential treatment" used by the NCAA.
"I am angered, disgusted, and extremely disappointed that Sharrif will have to miss two games," Muschamp said to begin his official statement (click here to read the rest).
Luckily for Florida, Floyd already missed last weekend's 41-3 win against Florida Atlantic, so the 2010 All-SEC Freshman Team member will be able to play against Tennessee to open the Southeastern Conference schedule.
My Two Bits: It's unfortunate to see something like this happen to a good guy like Floyd, but the silver lining to this situation is Muschamp's response.
Based on what we saw Thursday, the Gators' coach stands fiercely and firmly behind his players, something that should significantly lessen the sting of missing a second consecutive game for Floyd.
The one cause for concern is that going into next week's matchup with the Volunteers, Floyd will have no game experience with the new defensive schemes, which could result in a slow start for the entire defensive line.
Photo courtesy of the Orlando Sentinel.