Florida Says Boosters Paid for Athlete's Car

Associated Press

Despite the publicity generated by the NCAA investigation of recruiting violations at the University of Florida, wealthy alumni made car payments for a football player last year, a newspaper reported.

Sophomore Duncan Parham was dismissed from the team after athletic department officials found out about the car deal, the Gainesville Sun reported Thursday. The 6-5, 240-pound tight end has since transferred to Oklahoma.

Florida Athletic Director Bill Carr said in a statement that the university "self-reported" the alleged violation to the NCAA.

Parham was provided an automobile by a car dealer, and the payments were made by two Gator fans from Jacksonville, the newspaper reported.

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