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Gators DT Sharrif Floyd was adopted by man who provided impermissible benefits


Miami Herald Writer

Floyd adopted

Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd has been adopted by the man responsible for his two-game 2011 NCAA suspension for receiving impermissible benefits, the USA Today’s Rachel George reported Tuesday.

Floyd was suspended by the NCAA for Florida’s games against Florida Atlantic and Alabama-Birmingham last year after an investigation revealed he had received roughly $2,500 for “living expenses” from Kevin Lahn, the treasurer of the Delaware-based nonprofit Student Athlete Mentoring Foundation.

In December, Lahn and his wife, Tiffany, legally adopted Floyd, 20 at the time, in his home state of Pennsylvania, bringing to light a potential loophole for student-athletes like Floyd: Parents and guardians of student-athletes can provide almost unlimited benefits, whereas restrictions severely limit the benefits allowed from other individuals.

Since the adoption, Lahn has leased an apartment and 2012 Ford Explorer XLT for Floyd, as well as furnished the junior defensive tackle with a credit card and provided for Floyd to go on trips to Disney World and to Miami for his 21st birthday, where Floyd and teammates Dominique Easley and Ronald Powell joined him for a night of “lobster and steak dinners” at the Mandarin Oriental luxury hotel and a party aboard an 80-foot, $3 million yacht.

“If a student-athlete is adopted, from that point forward the individual would be treated as any other parent,” NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn told USA Today.

• Starting quarterback Jeff Driskel is using crutches to get around after sustaining what coaches are calling a sprained ankle against Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday. Coach Will Muschamp said Monday that Driskel would be in walking boot, but the quarterback was seen on campus using crutches and wearing just a small brace on the injured right ankle.

“Any time you have injury like that you’re trying to alleviate pressure on your leg to increase the rehab time so it improves a lot faster,” he said.

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