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Six Florida Gators, Including Loucheiz Purifoy, Reportedly Suspended For Opener

SuspendedThe list of Florida  players suspended for today’s opener against Toledo is reportedly up to six.  The latest name to the list – starting cornerback and all-purpose player Loucheiz Purifoy .

The Gainesville Sun says Purifoy and five other players -  starting middle linebacker Antonio Morrison, defensive tackles Darious Cummings and Jay-nard Bostwick, wide receiver Latroy Pittman and offensive lineman Quinteze Williams – are all suspended for a violation of team rules.

Florida was already without three projected starters due to injuries - running back Matt Jones, offensive lineman Jon Halapio and tackle Chaz Green.

Even without all these players, the line for the game has barely budged with the Gators a 23 to 23 1/2 point favorite over Toledo.

Update:  Florida now saying four players are suspended for today. Bostwick  is not mentioned.  The suspension of Morrison was previously announced.

 

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Florida Reduces Suspension For LB Morrison

jail-door-key-openingWhen last we left the story of Florida’s Antonio Morrison, police had dropped charges against the linebacker over his (poor) decision to bark at a police dog.  That being Morrison’s second arrest of the summer, Will Muschamp handed him a two-game suspension.

Now that suspension is being shortened.

Morrison will only have to sit out Florida’s opener against Toledo, according to the coach yesterday: 

 

“After a thorough review of Antonio Morrison’s situation and how has handled his punishment, I’m going to suspend him for this game only.  I just don’t feel like his actions warranted a two-game suspension.

I think he’s remorseful about the whole situation.  We’ve moved forward.  Guys make mistakes and have poor judgement at times.  I’m just disappointed with how the whole night was handled.”

 

One would take that to mean Muschamp wasn’t happy with Morrison’s decision to bark at a police dog or a police officer’s decision to arrest him for said woofing.  That deputy’s boss later stated that a warning would have been more appropriate.

So you might say that initial arrest was all bark and no bite.  (Rimshot!)

In the end, Morrison will be suspended for one game for his June 16th arrest on a battery charged tied to fighting with a nightclub bouncer.  He will be suited up and ready for action when the Gators visit Miami (FL) on September 7th.

 

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Running Back Matt Jones Latest Casualty At Florida; Out Indefinitely With Viral Infection

Matt Jones_FloridaFlorida running back and third-team preseason SEC pick Matt Jones is out indefinitely with a viral infection.  Coach Will Muschamp says Jones will be re-evaluated next week.

“He came down with this the last four or five days. Right now we’re filling him full of antibiotics, and how his body responds will tell me how quickly he can come back. I probably won’t know definitively until end of next week on Matt. Just one of those things that happens. He’s got a lot of (gastrointestinal) issues right now and dealing with those things. He should be fine. Again, I don’t know when he’ll be able to return.”

Teammates say Jones has lost considerable weight. He was expected to be Florida’s primary back this year after rushing for  275 yards and three touchdowns as a backup to Mike Gillislee last season. Redshirt junior Mack Brown will take the No. 1 spot in Jones’ absence.

Muschamp also announced that redshirt senior right guard Jon Halapio is out indefinitely as he recovers from a partial tear of his pectoral muscle. Junior guard Max Garcia will miss the first few days of camp  with back soreness

Florida is already without quarterback Jeff Driskel as he recovers from an emergency appendectomy.  He’s expected to miss a couple of weeks. Add it all up and that’s four offensive starters who won’t be available at the start of camp.

And with the Gators starting camp today, suspended linebacker Antonio Morrison is “going to miss a portion of it,” according to Muschamp. The Florida coach suspended Morrison following two arrests over the summer. Morrison is suspended for Florida’s first two games – Toledo and Miami.

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Sheriff Says Gator Shouldn’t Have Been Arrested… We Say It’s A Great Lesson For Athletes

Well here’s one you don’t see everyday.  OK, here are two things you don’t see everyday.

First, here’s video of Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison being arrested this weekend for barking at a police dog:

 

 

Second, Alachua County sheriff Sadie Darnell has now said that the arresting deputy should have given Morrison a warning instead of arresting him.  Darnell told The Gainesville Sun: “… she believed the deputy was technically correct that Morrison could be charged under the law that prohibits taunting police animals, but she stated that, given the obscure nature of the law and the fact that Morrison was probably unaware of it, a warning would have been more appropriate.”

Morrison can be heard asking police: “Officer, please let me go.  I’m not looking for any trouble.  I just said, ‘Woof, woof.’”

A better idea when 5-0 rolls up on the scene?  Shut up and don’t say or do anything that could possibly draw Johnny Law’s attention to yourself.  Even saying “woof, woof” to a police dog is pretty doggone stupid (yes, pun intended).  It’s hard to understood people who are stand-offish or lippy when it comes to the boys in blue.

The arresting officer — deputy William Arnold — told Morrison:  “Let me simply explain something to you.  I’ve been listening to you for a few minutes and here’s the problem I got with this, all right?  My dog is watching my back and their back.  Stop talking.  When you walk up to the window and say something to him, you distract him if I need him.  So if I open my door remotely with this push button, he’s coming out to you and not to me when I need him.  That’s the end of the story.  That’s interfering, harassment and teasing a police dog while he’s engaged in his duty.  That’s what you’re being arrest for.  All right?”

Now, some will suggest that the deputy was being a bit Barney Fife-ish in carrying out his duties.  Perhaps.  But this incident took place in the wee hours of the morning outside a bar.  The deputies were responding to a report of an aggravated assault when Morrison started barking at the police dog.  The atmosphere was charged, as they say.

So while a warning might have been more appropriate, the fact remains — and this is a lesson that every coach should teach every player — athletes need to shut the hell up and avoid engaging police officers (or their dogs).  Ever.  And if a cop does a approach an athlete, that player should say “Yes, Sir” or “No, Sir” and you do whatever they’re instructed to do.

That fact that this officer might have overreacted is exactly why Morrison, other athletes, or you or I should steer clear of antagonizing any officer in any way.  Morrison didn’t know the mood of those cops or what they were doing on the scene.  If he’d just kept his trap shut he wouldn’t be indefinitely suspended from the Florida program today.  (Morrison was also arrested in June for bunching a bouncer at a Gainesville club.  While the deputy might have gone too far, Morrison clearly doesn’t employ the best judgement at times.)

Here’s hoping 14 SEC coaches will use this particular story as a teaching tool for their players.  Cooperate with the police when they approach you.  But don’t do a darned thing that would give them a reason to approach you.

Update: Will Muschamp talked about Morrison today at ESPN, saying he was “disapppointed” in the linebacker.

 

“Antonio Morrison is a great young man. He’s been raised right. Anthony and Valentine, his parents, are wonderful people. As a matter of fact, I was on the phone with them last night. He just had some poor judgment in that situation. Nothing good happens after midnight. He made a poor decision to be out at 3 o’clock in the morning.”

 

Muschamp says Morrison is still suspended from team activities but will be in camp when preseason practice starts next week.  He’s suspended Morrison for the Gators first two games – against Toledo and Miami.

 

Update II: Charges against Morrison have been dropped. Florida is not commenting on whether the suspension will be revisited.

 

 

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Arrested UF Linebacker Gets The Taiwenese Animators Treatment

Last week at SEC Media Days, Will Muschamp said that coaches are “100% responsible” for the off-field behavior of their players.  Less than a week later, Gator linebacker Antonio Morrison was arrested for barking at a police dog.  Yes, for barking at a police dog.  And then for resisting arrest.

It was Morrison’s second arrest in five weeks.  In June he was arrested for battery after punching  a bouncer at a nightclub.

Muschamp has responded by handing the sophomore-to-be an indefinite suspension.  He will “miss at least two games to begin the season.”  So a projected starting linebacker will miss games against Toledo and Miami (FL).  In our view, that’s probably a stiffer penalty than Muschamp’s predecessor, Urban Meyer, would have handed down.

Well now the famed Taiwenese Animators have used their talents to create a computer-generated video of the dog-barking incident.  They also have a little — OK, a lot — of fun with Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel.

 

Florida Gators Antonio Morrison arrested for barking at police dog

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Wow Headlines 7/21/2013

Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison arrested for barking at police dog…
Second time Morrison has been arrested since the middle of June
Former Kentucky basketball player Kyle Wiltjer is transferring to Gonzaga
Former Tennessee basketball player Trae Golden is transferring to Georgia Tech
Six current college football players, including Vanderbilt linebacker Chase Garnham, join lawsuit against NCAA
Record year for donations at Ole Miss…Rebels have also sold nearly 40,000 season tickets
SEC Media pick Georgia to win the West and Alabama to win the West…with the Crimson Tide predicted to be SEC Champ
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin on what he’s doing to motivate  his team to play Alabama…
”Same thing we did last year. That seemed to work”
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Florida Linebacker Antonio Morrison Barks At Police Dog; Arrested For Second Time In Two Months

mrsec-breaking-newsFlorida linebacker Antonio Morrison has had his second brush with the law since the middle of June. He spent early Sunday morning in jail after being charged with interfering with police by harassing a police animal.   At a Gainesville bar with police present, Morrison began barking at a police dog, which got him arrested. He’s since been processed for release.

In June, Morrison was given a six-month deferral for an assault charge at a nightclub.  He allegedly punched a bouncer because he was not given a discounted rate to the club.

At SEC Media Days last week, coach Will Muschamp said he had yet to decide if a suspension was warranted.  ”I haven’t made any decision as far as playing time. To me it’s not about playing time. It’s about educating the young man.” With this latest incident, Muschamp now has another teaching opportunity.

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SEC Headlines 6/29/2013

headlines-saturdaySEC Football

1. Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison gets deferred prosecution for punching a bouncer outside a Gainesville bar.  Record will be clean if he fulfills the terms of the agreement in six months. Altercation originated over a cover charge.

2. What’s it like to be the quarterback at Florida? ”It is a life lived, and a game played, under a microscope.”

3. Pat Dooley on Urban Meyer and Jeremy Hernandez: “Meyer played the role of the surrogate father.” MrSEC’s view: ”Can we officially defrock Coach Urban the Pious at this point?”

4. What Tennessee faces next year. “UT faces coaches with a combined 498-180-3 record and five national championships – and that’s just in the first half of its SEC schedule.”

5. More weeknight games coming to the SEC?  “It’s certainly something that we would look at.”

6. Two SEC title contenders not named Alabama? How about Georgia and South Carolina.

7. A focus for the South Carolina offense? Pass protection.  Gamecocks ranked 110th of 124 teams nationally with 38 sacks allowed last season.

8. One take on the Texas A&M offense: “I don’t think (former offensive coordinato Kliff) Kingsbury will be missed this fall because this is still Kevin Sumlin’s team and offense.”

SEC Basketball 

9. When it comes to improving SEC basketball, how much of an impact will strength of schedule have?

10. Speaking of the schedule, Tennessee adds a a home-and-home series with North Carolina State.

11. A critique of former Arkansas guard B.J. Young:  ”In two years he went backward in most every phase except his overall strength and muscle…”

12. The Detroit Pistons were impressed with the work ethic of former Georgia player Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.  “He brought it every night.”

13. Former Florida Gator Erik Murphy’s reaction to being drafted by the Chicago Bulls: “It’s a dream come true.”

14. Former Missouri guard Phil Pressey will audition for the Boston Celtics during the NBA Summer League in Orlando. Laurence Bowers will play for the Memphis Grizzlies summer-league team.

15. Kentucky had two players selected in the first round of this year’s draft.  But 2014 could be John Calipari’s best draft night yet.

Extras

16. The Canadian pipeline to American college football has been around for some time. “Steve Spurrier recruited quarterback Jesse Palmer to Florida from Nepean, Ontario.”

17. Police arrest an 18-year old in connection with the Howard’s Rock incident at Clemson – thought to be a Clemson fan.

18. Five SEC baseball stadiums rated in the top 10 in the country – Mississippi State No. 1,  South Carolina No. 2, Arkansas No. 3, LSU No. 7, Vanderbilt No. 9.

19. Tennessee’s billionaire Haslam family selling their ownership of a minor league baseball team.

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Report: Florida Linebacker Antonio Morrison Arrested

According to a tweet posted minutes ago, Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison was arrested last night.

Morrison is projected as the Gators’ starting middle linebacker this fall. One of his signature plays last year was a hit on Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel that caused him to fumble and help Florida win the game. (H/T Bruce Feldman)

 

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