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UF probe leads to Calathes, according to report

GAINESVILLE -- A University of Florida internal investigation of alleged student-athlete gambling revealed that UF men's basketball point guard Nick Calathes ran up a $600 online poker debt, according to a report.

University of Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said on Friday that he learned about the allegations "over the weekend" and UF "immediately looked into it."

"We reviewed everything very thoroughly and are satisfied with our results," Foley said in a statement. "We have no eligibility issues and are very comfortable that this issue is resolved based on our review.''

The NCAA does not prohibit athletes from playing online poker but betting on sporting events is an NCAA violation. Calathes played in the Gators' season opener on Friday night against Toledo.

According to a report on Yahoo.com citing unnamed sources, the UF men's basketball staff learned of Calathes' online gambling debt during the preseason. The staff was informed by a team manager, according to the report.

In 2001, former UF guard Teddy Dupay was kicked off the team after a six-month investigation by the University of Florida police department. Dupay admitted he was gambling on sporting events.

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