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Changes against two Florida basketball players reduced to misdemeanors

GAINESVILLE — Suspended Florida basketball players Cody Larson and Erik Murphy had their felony burglary charge reduced Monday by the State Attorney's Office to misdemeanor criminal trespass, stemming from an April incident when they were accused of trying to break into a car in St. Augustine.

According to the police report, Larson and Murphy went into Scarlett O'Hara's restaurant and bar around 2 a.m. on April 10 claiming they had lost a wallet.

Bouncers later told Larson and Murphy to leave. Moments later, according to the report, witnesses saw the men trying to break into the car of one of the bar's employees. No court date in St. John's County has been set, but the players agreed to pay $240 in restitution for damages to the car. Charges against team manager Joshua Adel were dropped.

Terps get coach: Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon accepted the Maryland job, replacing Gary Williams, who resigned last week. The Terps reportedly had attempted to woo Arizona's Sean Miller, Butler's Brad Stevens and Notre Dame's Mike Brey before landing Turgeon, 46.

DRAFT INS, OUTS: Notre Dame's Carleton Scott, Texas' Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph, and Washington State's Klay Thompson are staying in the NBA draft. Missouri junior forwards Laurence Bowers and Kim English, Northwestern senior forward John Shurna and Minnesota senior forward Ralph Sampson III removed their names and will return to school.

MORE BASKETBALL: Navy coach Billy Lange resigned to become associate head coach at Villanova. … Iowa State dismissed forward Calvin Godfrey after his arrest on marijuana possession.

FOOTBALL: Running back Washaun Ealey is leaving Georgia. He led the team in rushing each of the past two seasons but has been suspended twice. … North Carolina defensive back Brendon Felder and linebacker Herman Davidson are transferring and defensive lineman Jared McAdoo was dismissed, coach Butch Davis said. … Missouri redshirt freshman quarterback Tyler Gabbert, younger brother of Jaguars first-round pick Blaine Gabbert, has decided to transfer. … Northwestern and coach Pat Fitzgerald have agreed to a new contract, the Associated Press reported. An announcement is expected today.

OBITUARY: Terry Crouch, a two-time All-America guard at Oklahoma in the early 1980s, died Sunday in Dallas after a long illness. He was 51.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

Changes against two Florida basketball players reduced to misdemeanors 05/09/11 [Last modified: Monday, May 9, 2011 10:38pm]
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