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UF Reinstates Hoopster Larson

Redshirt freshman forward Cody Larson has been reinstated to Florida’s basketball team today.  “I wanted to get the legal process resolved before I commented on it,” Billy Donovan said.

Larson and teammate Erik Murphy were arrested in April for attempting to break into a car.  The charges against them were lessened over time and Murphy was eventually reinstated to the team. 

But the April arrest meant that Larson had violated the terms of a previous suspended drug-related sentence in his home state of South Dakota.  On Friday, a judge there gave him two years probation for that violation.

And now, he’s back on Florida’s squad.

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UF’s Murphy Reaches A Plea Deal

Suspended Florida basketballer Erik Murphy has reached a plea deal over charges of misdemeanor criminal trespassing.  Murphy and teammate Cody Larson were originally arrested on felony burglary charges in April for allegedly trying to break into a car outside a St. Augustine, Florida bar.

The charges against both were lessened to the trespass charges.

Murphy’s deal will call for him to pay court costs ($440), perform 50 hours of community service and complete a substance abuse evaluation program.  He will also need to write a letter of apology to the car owner and he is not allowed to consume alcohol or other controlled substances for one year.

Larson has a court date scheduled for next Tuesday.  He has pled not guilty to the charges against him.  He is on probation for a misdemeanor drug arrest in his home state of South Dakota.

Both players remain suspended from Billy Donovan’s team for the time being.

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SEC Headlines – 6/28/11 Part One

1.  SI.com’s Seth Davis says John Calipari is worth every penny of his new $36.5 million deal.

2.  The 22nd best SEC game of the year will be Georgia versus Georgia Tech.

3.  Here’s a preview of this year’s Florida-Georgia game.

4.  Suspended basketball players Cody Larson and Erik Murphy are enrolled in summer school at UF.

5.  For you SEC baseball fans out there, South Carolina beat Florida 2-1 last night to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three national championship series.

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UF’s Larson Pleads Not Guilty To Trespassing Charge

In April, Florida basketballer Erik Murphy and Cody Larson were arrested — along with a team manager — for allegedly attempting to break into a car outside a St. Augustine, Florida bar.

Felony burglary charges were eventually reduced to criminal trespass charges.  (Charges against manager Josh Adel were dropped completely).  Larson entered a plea in his case yesterday and the plea was “not guilty.”

Murphy has yet to enter a plea.

If Larson is found guilty it’s possible that a previous court agreement he made in his home state of South Dakota could be affected.  So it should come as no surprise that Larson pled not guilty.

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Murphy, Larson Still Suspended At UF

Charges have been reduced for Florida forwards Erik Murphy and Cody Larson, but Billy Donovan still isn’t ready to welcome them back to his basketball team.

Murphy, Larson and student-manager Joshua Adel were arrested last month for attempting to break into a car after a night of drinking.  The charges were dropped against Adel and Murphy and Larson now face only misdemeanor criminal trespass charges.

However, “It’s important to wait,” Donovan said.  “I think there is a lot of things they still have to go through.  For example, there was a report or perception that Josh Adel was quote-unquote the lookout.  That wasn’t the case.”  Meaning some facts of the case might continue to change.

“I’m disappointed with what’s happened.  I don’t think those kids and their families are a reflection of what has happened.  What I do think is this thing needs to get resolved, and once it gets resolved and once I find out what the resolution is I’ll react from there.”

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South Dakota Officials Could Make Donovan’s Decision On Larson Easier

When basketball player Cody Larson arrived in Gainesville last year, he did so while still under the watchful eye of the state of South Dakota’s legal system.  His arrest in St. Augustine over the weekend — along with teammate Erik Murphy and student-manager Joshua Adel — could land him in more hot water in his home state.

Some back story: Larson was charged with sharing hydrocodone with a high school teammate in February of 2010.  (He had also gotten in trouble with alcohol prior to the painkiller issue).  Last May, Larson was given a suspended 120-day jail sentence and was ordered to perform community service and pay a fine and court costs.

He is now charged with third-degree felony burglary for attempting to break into a car.

According to Rachel George of The Orlando Sentinel:


While Larson was not on formal probation and didn’t have to check in with a probation officer, he was require to abide by all laws for two years in order for the case to be dropped.


So far, the folks in South Dakota are taking a wait-and-see approach to Larson’s latest legal troubles.  “It would be discretionary on our part to file the motion to revoke depending on how (the latest arrest) is resolved,” said Aaron McGowan, a state’s attorney in Larson’s home county.

“It’s just premature.  We’re not going to take any formal action until we know more about the circumstances down there.”

Coaches don’t like to boot players.  That’s why Gator coach Billy Donovan has chosen to wait for a verdict before he takes action, too.  So technically, the state of South Dakota could take the matter out of Donovan’s hands if it decides to act on Larson soon.

If it does not, then Donovan will have to decide whether or not to give a second chance to Larson (and Murphy and the student-manager Adel).  Doing so might be a tough sell now that embarrassing secret audio recordings of the trio — made in the back of a police cruiser — have been released to the public.

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South Dakota Officials Could Make Donovan’s Decision On Larson Easier

When basketball player Cody Larson arrived in Gainesville last year, he did so while still under the watchful eye of the state of South Dakota’s legal system.  His arrest in St. Augustine over the weekend — along with teammate Erik Murphy and student-manager Joshua Adel — could land him in more hot water in his home state.

Some back story: Larson was charged with sharing hydrocodone with a high school teammate in February of 2010.  (He had also gotten in trouble with alcohol prior to the painkiller issue).  Last May, Larson was given a suspended 120-day jail sentence and was ordered to perform community service and pay a fine and court costs.

He is now charged with third-degree felony burglary for attempting to break into a car.

According to Rachel George of The Orlando Sentinel:


While Larson was not on formal probation and didn’t have to check in with a probation officer, he was require to abide by all laws for two years in order for the case to be dropped.


So far, the folks in South Dakota are taking a wait-and-see approach to Larson’s latest legal troubles.  “It would be discretionary on our part to file the motion to revoke depending on how (the latest arrest) is resolved,” said Aaron McGowan, a state’s attorney in Larson’s home county.

“It’s just premature.  We’re not going to take any formal action until we know more about the circumstances down there.”

Coaches don’t like to boot players.  That’s why Gator coach Billy Donovan has chosen to wait for a verdict before he takes action, too.  So technically, the state of South Dakota could take the matter out of Donovan’s hands if it decided to act on Larson soon.

If they do not, then Donovan will have to decide whether or not to give a second chance to Larson (and Murphy and the student-manager Adel).  Doing so might be a tough sell now that embarrassing secret audio recordings of the trio — made in the back of a police cruiser — have been released to the public.

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UF Hires Pelphrey As Assistant; No Word On Arrested Players

Former Arkansas coach John Pelphrey will be back on an SEC bench next basketball season.  In fact, he’ll back in Gainesville.  Billy Donovan announced the re-hiring of his former assistant yesterday.

“He’s very excited,” Florida’s coach said.  “He went through a difficult situation at Arkansas, but one of the things I felt like I needed was certainly familiarity.” 

He has that with Pelphrey who coached with him from 1994 through 2002 at both Marshall and Florida.

“I know John.  John knows the (SEC), and he knows what I’m going to be looking for and wanting in recruiting.”

The Gators — with Pelphrey in tow — will head to Fayetteville for next season’s game with the Razorbacks.

Donovan has added another former head coach to his staff, too.  Former St. John’s coach Norm Roberts will sit alongside Donovan and Pelphrey next season.

Pelphrey and Roberts replace Rob Lanier — who just landed the head coaching job at Wyoming — and Richard Pitino — who is heading to Louisville to join his father’s staff.

As far as the topic of arrested/suspended players Erik Murphy and Cody Larson goes, Donovan didn’t have much to say to the gathered media.

“There was some unfortunate events that I was very disappointed that took place this weekend with Cody Larson and Erik Murphy.  I made a statement that both guys are suspended right now from our team.  I really can’t take any questions and cannot talk about it because obviously, it’s ongoing.  All I can say is I’m disappointed in those guys, they’re disappointed in themselves, and we’ll have to wait and see what happens going forward.”

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Florida Hoopsters Suspended After Arrest

Florida basketball players Cody Larson and Erik Murphy — arrested this morning for allegedly trying to break into a car — have been suspended by head coach Billy Donovan.

“I’m aware of Cody and Erik’s situation and very disappointed with the news,” Donovan said via press release.  “The two are currently suspended from basketball-related activities.  I’m not going to comment further until I have more information and get a chance to meet with both student-athletes.”

No word on what punishment will be faced by student-manager Joshua Adel who was charged with acting as a lookout for the two players.

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Two UF Hoops Players Arrested For Burglary

Two Florida basketball players were arrested late Saturday night in St. Augustine, Florida — what would Ponce de Leon think? — for allegedly trying to break into a car.  Erik Murphy and Cody Larson have been charged with felony burglary.  Student-manager Joshua Adel was also charged with principal to burglary for acting as the players’ lookout.

According to police, Murphy and Larson went into a bar at 2 AM Sunday morning and claimed to have lost a wallet.  The two then “tried to get close to a female employee who was counting money from the night,” as The Gainesville Sun puts it.

The Gators were told to leave the establishment, but moments later, bouncers saw the players attempting to break into an employee’s car in the parking lot across the street from the bar.  When spotted, they tried to flee the scene, but Murphy and Adel — the student-manager/lookout — were captured.  Larson later turned himself into police.

If Larson’s name sounds familiar, then you probably remember him as the troubled youth Billy Donovan inked from South Dakota last year.  He is currently on probation after reaching a plea agreement on a misdemeanor drug charge for “sharing painkillers” during his senior year of high school.  He shared hydrocodone with a teammate.

Donovan has made no comment on the arrests as of this morning.

UPDATE — Larson phoned Adel before turning himself in to police.  Adel was in the back of a police cruiser at the time and his side of the conversation was recorded by in-car microphones.

According to Sgt. Jason Etheridge of the St. Augustine police: “The third guy, Cody, calls Joshua, probably seven or eight times while they’re in the back of the car and they’re discussing how they’re going to get out of it, pretty much burying themselves.  ‘Cody,’ after about seven or eight phone calls the other two said, ‘Hey, man, you gotta turn yourself in.’

“It seems like they just did something stupid and got caught.”

Indeed.

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