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AP photo by David J. Phillip / Clemson University quarterback Trevor Lawrence, pictured, and his girlfriend Marissa Mowry, a soccer player at nearby Anderson University in South Carolina, started a GoFundMe page to raise money for people affected by the new coronavirus. Clemson officials took the page down because it was an NCAA violation, but the NCAA soon after gave the OK for the fundraising to resume.

CLEMSON, S.C. — It turns out Trevor Lawrence and his girlfriend didn't do anything wrong when they were trying to help coronavirus victims and their families.

What sounded like a noble effort but might have been an NCAA violation is OK after all.

The NCAA said the couple can resume their fundraising efforts after Clemson University officials previously shut down their gofundme.com page for fear the quarterback was committing a violation.

Lawrence and his girlfriend Marissa Mowry received the go-ahead from the governing body for the page Tuesday after Clemson's compliance office halted their efforts Monday afternoon, hours after they launched it.

The roller-coaster ride had left Lawrence — one of the leading Heisman Trophy candidates heading into his junior season — and Mowry, a soccer player at nearby Anderson (South Carolina) University, apologizing for trying to do what they thought was right before the NCAA stepped in.

The NCAA said in a released statement it did not ask Clemson to take down the gofundme.com page. The NCAA said it will continue working with its member schools to ensure athletes and those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are supported.

"We applaud Trevor for his efforts," the NCAA statement said.

Clemson spokesman Ross Taylor said school compliance officials correctly applied NCAA guidelines against athletes using their names, images and likenesses for crowdfunding — but that was before the NCAA contacted the school.

"We applaud and appreciate their swift action in permitting this activity," Clemson's athletic department said in a release.

The couple, both of them former Cartersville (Georgia) High School standouts, had raised $2,670 before Clemson officials informed Lawrence the page violated NCAA rules. Before the NCAA contacted Clemson, Mowry posted a video on Instagram explaining the situation Tuesday, thanking those who donated and apologizing for any confusion.

"Our intentions were to try and help everyone," Mowry said. "That's changed a little bit, but we're still going to do our best to love on on y'all and support one another during this hard time."

Taylor said he did not know if Lawrence and Mowry would restart their fundraising page.

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