Although an official investigation has not been announced, the NCAA has been interviewing football players recruited by the University of Florida, the Fort Lauderdale News and Sun-Sentinel reported yesterday.
The published report came just three days after Gators Coach Charley Pell called for a "blue-ribbon committee" review of his program in the wake of reports that about 20 percent of the recruiting violations that landed Clemson a stiff NCAA probation occurred while he was at the South Carolina school.
The News and Sun-Sentinel reported that Pat Moons, a place-kicker from Fort Lauderdale's St. Thomas Aquinas High School, said he has been interviewed four times by a NCAA investigator, once for three hours.
Moons, who signed at Michigan last spring, told the newspaper that he talked with investigator Douglas Johnson and told the NCAA represenative that his sister Mary Margaret (Meg) had been offered a job with Florida's Athletic Association while he was being recruited.
Moons' father Terry confirmed that the offer was made to his daughter, who had applied for admission to Florida, in front of him and Pat, the newspapers reported. Moons also said that Reed Bryan, a student trainer at St. Thomas and a friend of Moons, was offered a scholarship at Florida.
Offering inducements to relatives or friends of prospective athletes is a violation of NCAA rules.
The newspapers said Pell did not return phone calls regarding questions about his program . . .
Duke quarterback Ben Bennett, who will own about all the Atlantic Coast Conference passing records by the time he graduates, has been selected conference player of the year by the Associated Press.
The Sunnyvale, Calif., junior has set 24 school records. This season, he completed 236 of 374 passes for 3,033 yards, to become the first ACC quarterback to surpass the 3,000-yard mark.