With legal issues settled, Florida LB Antonio Morrison trying to work his way back with Gators
Florida sophomore LB Antonio Morrison may have settled his legal issues with the Gainesville State Attorney's office, but he's still paying the price with coach Will Muschamp.
Morrison was arrested in June for allegedly punching a Gainesville nightclub bouncer who refused to lift the cover charge at the club for Morrison. He agreed to a deferred prosecution, including fines and counseling, earlier this month.
Muschamp declined to give specifics about Morrison's status during Tuesday's SEC media days, but said his punishment is ongoing.
"I haven’t made a decision (on a possible suspension)," Muschamp said. "He’s being disciplined right now. And that’s part of the deal. When those situations happen, you sit down and gather the facts and look at the situation. Obviously, I’m disappointed, number one being in that situation that late at night. Number two, making a poor decision"
Muschamp said part of his disciplinary belief is that you counsel players as well as punish them.
"You educate the student-athlete about making a better decision the next time aroun,'' he said. "Hopefully it doesn’t happen at that time of night. So, I haven’t made any decisions as far as playing time. But to me, it’s not even about playing time it’s about educating the young man. And one of my favorite things to say to our players all the time is ‘help me, help you.’ So I’m going to put some outlines, and I think my track record speaks for itself as far as discipline is concerned, and you need to meet these things before you can work out as far as playing for the University of Florida. And once you meet those things, then we’ll sit down and decide about those other things. And generally if those guys don’t meet those things, then they are not a part of our program anymore."