GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Senior point guard Teddy Dupay, at the center of a gambling investigation at the University of Florida, was declared ineligible Friday.
Dupay "is no longer eligible to play basketball" for Florida, said athletic director Jeremy Foley. Student confidentiality laws kept him from saying why, he said.
Dupay told a news conference that he had violated NCAA rules and takes "full responsibility" for his actions.
Campus police released a statement saying they had concluded an investigation into "minor gambling infractions" by a Florida student and had forwarded it to the state attorney's office. State attorney spokesman Spencer Mann said the information wouldn't be reviewed by prosecutors until after the weekend.
"We are saddened that Teddy will not be a member of the Gator program, but the fact of the matter is we had no choice but to come to this conclusion," Foley said.
Dupay addressed media, reading a prepared, two-minute statement.
"I understand that I have violated NCAA rules and I take full responsibility for those actions," he said. "I put myself in a situation that I should not have put myself in, and I am paying the price for that."
His eyes welled with tears as he stepped away from the podium without fielding questions. Florida coach Billy Donovan said the school will let Dupay keep his scholarship if he chooses.
"Teddy is a part of this family," Donovan said. "I will stand by him for the rest of my life."
Foley said the NCAA had been informed throughout the investigation and that the governing body determined it was an "individual eligibility issue, and not an institutional issue."
The NCAA mandates a one-year suspension for any student who solicits or accepts a bet involving college or pro sports.
With the start of basketball season nearing, Florida officials were pressed to make a decision. If they didn't take action and Dupay was later found to have violated rules, the Gators might have had to forfeit games for using an ineligible player.
A 3-point specialist, Dupay averaged 13.4 points last season.
He has continually found himself in the center of controversy.
Last year, he was suspended for one game for violating team rules. The suspension came a few days after he criticized Florida fans for poor attendance at an early season game.
In the 2000 national title game against Michigan State, Dupay and Mateen Cleaves got tangled up in on a play after the whistle had blown. Some saw it as a cheap shot by Dupay.
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