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De La Haye says he'll continue YouTube channel despite NCAA pressure

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© YouTube/Deestroying Donald De La Haye isn't going to let the NCAA stop him from doing what he loves.

The UCF kickoff specialist announced in a YouTube video posted Sunday night that despite the NCAA's orders to discontinue producing videos for his personal YouTube channel, he will not be giving up on his passion.

"At the end of the day, I've decided I'm going to continue making my videos. I'm going to continue bringing love and positivity and joy and inspiration to all my viewers, all my followers, all my subscribers," De La Haye said in the video.

Related: NCAA tells UCF kicker to shut down his YouTube account

De La Haye's YouTube channel, which currently has over 64,000 subscribers, landed him in a sticky situation after it was ruled that the involvement of advertisers represents a violation of NCAA rules.

De La Haye called the conundrum "the hardest choice in my whole entire life," when faced with the ultimatum of choosing NCAA football or following his passion for filmmaking.

"I'm still waiting to hear from the NCAA and people at compliance and all the guys up there," De La Haye said. "Like I said, I feel like I'm on trial, kind of. I didn't do anything bad, just been chasing my dreams, being positive, being happy, spreading love, spreading joy, spreading entertainment."

The decision could effectively end De La Haye's football career with the Knights after two seasons should the NCAA rule against him.

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