Chomping At Bits: Erik Murphy Receives Deferred Prosecution

This Chomping At Bits is kind of long. Sorry.

Erik Murphy accepts deferred prosecution: Remember the incident at a St. Augustine bar in April that produced arrests for Florida basketball players Erik Murphy and Cody Larson? Murphy's taking deferred prosecution for his part, according to the Orlando Sentinel, an arrangement that should keep him from doing time and in the Florida program.

Under the teams, he will have to complete a substance abuse evaluation and any recommended treatment, perform 50 hours of community service, send a "meaningful" letter of apology to the victim and not consume alcohol or other controlled substances for 12 months.

He'll also pay $440, with $240 going toward restitution to the victim, $100 for the cost of prosecution and $100 to the St. Augustine Police Department for costs of the investigation.

Florida's Denver Parler told the Sentinel that the statuses of Murphy and Larson — who entered a not guilty plea and has a court date next Tuesday — have not changed. But Murphy essentially getting a slap on the wrist and not a conviction for a misdemeanor charge leads me to believe that he will have no problem making his way back to the floor for the Gators at some point. I can't imagine Billy Donovan will cut loose a kid with no major history of misbehavior because of an infraction that turned out to be this small.

The jury on Larson, though, is still out.

Track athlete arrested for rape, kicked off team: This is so overdue that it's almost moldy, but Florida distance runner Dumisane Hlaselo was arrested for rape in late June, and subsequently kicked off the Florida team. Only Gators has more, including a skin-crawly bit of the police report.

Charting the Gators: Team Speed Kills charts the SEC offenses and defenses in 2010, in case you needed a reminder that the Florida offense was running in molasses while the defense tried to pull its weight.

Will Florida ever travel to Tampa? Friend of the blog ParadigmShift35 explains why you'll never see the Gators playing USF in Tampa over at Big East Coast Bias.

DeLisha Milton-Jones speaks out: Only Gators has an interview with Gators great DeLisha Milton-Jones, the lone remaining Gator in the WNBA. Milton-Jones, currently with the Los Angeles Sparks, was nominated for the WNBA's list of the league's 15 greatest players (for its 15th anniversary), and you can vote for her for that honor at the WNBA's website.

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