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Thought Of The Day – 11/16/12

Finally, Friday.  Sure this weekend’s SEC games are mostly trash, but at least it’s the weekend.  Can I get an amen on that one?

We’ve got headlines, news and full game previews on the way for you.  But first one of the best blues bands ever put together.  Really.  The Blues Brothers were viewed as a joke by many a moviegoer, but Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi took their music seriously and they set out to create one of the best collections of blues musicians to ever tour the country in the modern era.  We’re talking legendary players, folks.

So to kick off the day, here’s a little “B Movie Box Car Blues” from a group that drew laughs from audiences and raves from critics and fellow musicians.  (And for the record, Dan Aykroyd’s syndicated “House of Blues Radio Hour” is one of the reasons yours truly became a true blues junkie.  Many thanks, Elwood.)

 

“Caught a ride into South Dakota, with two girls in a light blue DeSoto.  One’s name was Jane, the other one plain, but they both had racin’ motors.”

 

 

Songwriter Delbert McClinton deserves a hat tip, too.  Now stand by for news…

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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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SEC Headlines 10/7/2011 Part Two

1. So, Mark Richt and Derek Dooley - what have you done for me lately?

2. John Adams on Tennessee-Georgia: “No matter how the game and season turn out, both can look forward to next year. The Vols will start only four seniors; the Bulldogs, six.”

3. Heads, he wins; Tails, you lose? Nick Saban’s coin-tossing philosophy and why he doesn’t run the wishbone.

4. Florida questions for a LSU writer.

5. John Chavis on Tyrann Mathieu: “I love me some honey badger.”

6. Dennis Dodd on Steve Spurrier’s commitment to play Connor Shaw the entire game: “Is that a promise or a threat?” 

7. Report:  Florida forward Cody Larson won’t serve jail time in South Dakota. He had been arrested back in 2010 for allegedly facilitating the use of hydrocordone in his home.

8We hardly knew you.  Big East leaders discuss TCU’s expected departure. Push to raise exit fees.

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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 – 6/16/11 Part One

1.  The NCAA says 22 football programs made money in 2009-10, eight more than the previous year.  (But remember, books can be cooked.)

2.  Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com ranks John Calipari and Billy Donovan among the best hoops coaches in the country… for their age.

3.  Former Wyoming quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels is transferring to Vanderbilt…

4.  But quarterback Charlie Goro is transferring out and will play safety at South Dakota instead.

5.  Some of Tennessee’s new basketball players had so-so performances in a Knoxville summer league yesterday.

6.  Meanwhile, it’s time for UT’s former four-star recruits to start playing up to their hype.

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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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Charges Reduced For UF Basketballers

Two Florida basketball players and one manager got good news today as the legal charges against them were lessened and — in one case — dropped.

Erik Murphy, Cody Larson and manager Joshua Adel were arrested on third-degree felony charges after allegedly attempting to break into a car outside a St. Augustine bar last month.

This morning, the State Attorney’s office announced that the charges against Murphy and Larson have been reduced to second-degree misdemeanor criminal trespass charges. 

“They have paid restitution to the victims to get a headlight fixed,” a spokesperson for the State Attorney said.  “The charges reflect that they tried to go into another person’s car without permission.”

“When we were talking to the victim of the crime and looking at the facts of the case, it wasn’t a very sophisticated crime.  They were at a bar, they had been drinking and they kind of did an impulsive act.”

The charges against Adel have been dismissed altogether.

“He was charged as being the lookout when the evidence showed that wasn’t the case,” the spokesperson said.  “He was, in fact, discouraging them.”

No court date has been set for Murphy and Larson to enter pleas.  Larson’s plea could have an impact on a deal he cut with prosecutors in his home state of South Dakota prior to his arrival in Gainesville.

Both Murphy and Larson are currently suspended from the Gator team.  Ditto Adel.

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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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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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