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Waiver for Trevor Lawrence coronavirus fundraiser draws praise

It’s not often the NCAA does something that draws universal praise from players, schools and even lawmakers, but that seems to be the case with a fundraising effort started by Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence for people affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

After some initial confusion over whether the GoFundMe campaign Lawrence and his girlfriend Marissa Mowry set up violated rules governing an athlete’s name, image and likeness, the NCAA allowed Clemson to use “university discretion” and for the fundraiser to proceed. 

“Shout out to the NCAA,” Lawrence said Tuesday night via his Instagram Stories. “Everyone’s made them out to be the bad guy, but it was more just so the rules that have already been in place. They’ve done a really good job of responding and actually allowing us to do it. Thank y’all.”

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Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence led the Tigers to the College Football Playoff national championship game in each of his first two seasons.

Clemson added a statement of its own, thanking the NCAA for “waiving restrictions that had been in place,” which originally caused one of its compliance officers to advise Lawrence and Mowry to shut the fundraiser down.

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