A rumor regarding the Florida football program has been debunked.
Friday, rumors suggesting that Florida's football program had committed a serious recruiting violation went viral on social media. The gist? Two Florida assistant coaches had supposedly offered cash to an elite prospect at Homestead High School in Homestead, Florida. The school immediately denied the allegations. Here's more, via SEC Country:
A source close to the program vehemently dismissed the allegations to SEC Country on Friday. A message board post — which later made the rounds social media — alleged that two UF assistant coaches offered cash to a prospect at Homestead High School. The poster also alleged there’s a video and it was provided to the NCAA.
Now, it looks like a Miami fan on canesinsight.com is taking responsibility for the rumor.
Guys, this was a massive troll job executed to perfection by none other than myself. I posted this beauty on the Rivals Mainboard on Wednesday night. To be honest, I thought I was a rather obvious troll, but the @UGArecruiting twitter handle picked up my post and tweeted it out. That caused it to go viral, and now everyone is talking about it across multiple sites.
SEC Country also reports that Florida has not recruited any players from Homestead High School since back in 2014.
Obviously, this should serve as a good reminder that what you post on social media or message boards can matter. Luckily, it looks like this was nipped in the bud before it got out of control.