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Archive for Saturday, September 8, 2001

Gators’ guard ineligible

Florida’s Dupay involved in gambling probe

September 8, 2001

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— Florida basketball guard Teddy Dupay has been declared ineligible for his senior season.

Point guard Dupay announced the punishment himself Friday, standing before media and delivering a two-minute speech. He then hugged coach Billy Donovan and walked away in tears.

"I understand that I have violated NCAA rules and I take full responsibility for those actions," Dupay said. "I put myself in a situation that I should not have put myself in, and I am paying the price for that."

Athletics director Jeremy Foley said student confidentiality laws kept him from revealing specific reasons for the action.

Campus police said they sent to the state attorney's office results of an investigation they began April 5 "into allegations of minor gambling infractions by a University of Florida student."

It was clear from the context that Dupay "has been involved with gambling himself, or with others who were."

The NCAA mandates a one-year suspension for any student who solicits or accepts a bet involving college or pro sports.

Foley said the NCAA had determined Dupay's situation was an "individual eligibility issue, and not an institutional issue."

"I love Teddy," coach Billy Donovan said. "There are people who do things wrong, but I will stand by him the rest of his life."

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