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Jeff Demps' status with Gator track team uncertain



Florida track and field coach Mike Holloway said Monday he's uncertain whether NCAA-champion sprinter Jeff Demps will compete with the Gators this spring.

Demps, a dual-sport athlete who came to Gainesville on a football scholarship, just completed his senior football season. He apparently has not made Holloway aware of what his future plans are.

"I can't tell you right now what Jeff's going to do, but if Jeff does decide to run obviously we're going to be very pleased about that and welcome him with open arms,'' Holloway said. "But I think it's important that people understand that this program is bigger than Jeff Demps. I get a lot of questions about 'What is Jeff going to do?' I'm very happy to have Jeff out for the team, he's done a wonderful job for us. But there's a lot more components, a lot more parts to this team that kind of gets lost because Jeff is a football player. the moment someone sees Jeff Demps entered into a track and field meet it's going to become a media session about Jeff Demps and I'm not going to do that. I've got a lot of great athletes in this program besides Jeff. And whether Jeff's a part of this program or not, our goal is still to be the best team. Hopefully he'll be out there and we'll welcome him.''

The defending national champion Gators open the indoor track season this weekend at Alabama Invite in Birmingham on Saturday.


[Last modified: Monday, January 9, 2012 2:35pm]


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