Friday, September 9, 2011

Erik Murphy reinstated, Cody Larson still suspended

The University of Florida got some big news on Thursday afternoon when it was announced that forward Erik Murphy broke up with his fiance Sloan had been reinstated to the team.

If you've forgotten, Murphy was part of the ill-fated crew of Gators that decided it would be a good idea to try and break into a car after a night of bar-hopping. After Murphy and student manager Josh Adel were arrested, they spent a good five minutes talking to Cody Larson, who redshirted this past season, on speaker-phone. From the back of the police cruiser. The cops got it all on tape.

Criminal masterminds, those guys.

Anyway, Murphy had his sentence reduced to a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief that resulted in a $440 fine, 50 hours of community service and a ban on drinking for a year. He got lucky. That tends to happen when you aren't on probation.

Larson wasn't so lucky. You see, he was on probation stemming from an arrest -- for abusing prescription drugs -- during his senior year of high school, a crime that got him thrown off of the team. Larson has another hearing in Florida on October 31st, and when that legal process is over, he will have to deal with South Dakota's legal process.

Florida has a thin front line this season behind Patric Young, thin enough that even with Murphy and Larson in the fold, Billy Donovan is expected to play a four-guard lineup at times.

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