For weeks, particularly leading up to a showdown with Alabama on Saturday, Leonard Fournette’s name has dominated the headlines. But now one of the nation’s most electric running backs is in the news for something other than his play on the field.
According to a report by USA Today’s Josh Peter on Thursday, Fournette’s family may have violated NCAA rules when it collaborated with family’s business manager, Paul Price, to launch a website that could have relied upon Fournette’s fame to gain notoriety.
The website was going to sell “BUGA Nation” paraphernalia, according to the report, representing the acronym “Being United Generates Attitude” that Fournette was linked to back in high school.
Here’s a snippet from USA Today’s story:
“It is unclear whether Price’s role in getting the website built, any discount offered to the family or the attempt to sell “BUGA Nation” merchandise would be viewed by the NCAA as an impermissible benefit for Leonard Fournette.
Fournette’s mother, Lory Fournette, told USA TODAY Sports that the NCAA views “BUGA Nation” as Leonard Fournette’s brand.
However, when asked whether the NCAA was aware of the matter, spokeswoman Stacey Osburn said the governing body has no record of correspondence with the Fournettes. Any communication with the Fournettes on the issue would come from the school or conference, she said.
In an email to USA TODAY Sports, the SEC responded on Thursday that it also has no record of correspondence with the Fournettes.”
You can view the full USA Today report HERE.