UFC Kicker Gives Up Scholarship, College Football For YouTube Career

UCF kicker Donald De La Haye has made the decision to give up football rather than give up making advertising money from videos he produces on YouTube. 

The university released a statement Monday saying De La Haye did not accept the conditions of a waiver received from the NCAA and has been ruled ineligible to continue in the school's football program. 

The statement said UCF officials petitioned the NCAA on De La Haye's behalf and got the governing body to allow De La Haye to continue to make money from videos that did not depict him as a student-athlete. 

But the YouTube videos that depict him as a student-athlete would have to broadcast on a non-monetized account.

"[I'm] just having fun... a young man having fun in his free time making videos to help motivate and inspire others... and I get deemed ineligible to keep playing college sports because of it," De La Haye said in a video posted to his YouTube page Monday. That video already has more than 110,000 views. 

UCF spokesman Andy Seeley said he is uncertain what part of the agreement De La Haye did not agree with. 


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