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Florida Gators suspend arrested freshman Jessamen Dunker

GAINESVILLE — Florida redshirt freshman offensive lineman Jessamen Dunker was suspended from the team after his arrest earlier this week, coach Will Muschamp announced Friday.

Dunker was charged with driving with a suspended license and grand theft after he was stopped while driving a motor scooter without a valid vehicle registration tag. The scooter had been reported stolen. Dunker denied he stole the scooter, saying he paid for it.

"I suspended him from all team activities until we get more information," Muschamp said.

MOVING ON: The Gators will lose three players from last season's roster, although each has eligibility remaining. Redshirt junior defensive end Kedric Johnson and redshirt junior receiver Stephen Alli will graduate in the spring and will not return. Redshirt freshman offensive lineman Tommy Jordan, who has had multiple shoulder injuries, applied for a medical exemption, which would allow him to retain his scholarship even though he's unable to play.

USF staff adds two

TAMPA — USF coach Willie Taggart added two assistants to his staff, both known as top recruiters, with former South Carolina assistant David Reaves taking over the receivers and defensive line coach Eric Mathies becoming the fourth assistant from Taggart's Western Kentucky staff to join the Bulls.

Reaves, who worked at IMG Academy in Bradenton in 2012, has recruited the Tampa area for years and was a Tampa Catholic assistant in 2001. He's the son of former Gators and Tampa Bay Bandits quarterback John Reaves. Mathies was Taggart's recruiting coordinator at WKU.

Schiano owes Rutgers

Bucs coach Greg Schiano must pay Rutgers the $300,000 balance of an interest-free loan he got to build a home in Piscataway, N.J.

Schiano, who coached the Scarlet Knights for 11 seasons before taking the Bucs job in January 2012, owes the loan's balance by Jan. 26, according to university spokesman E.J. Miranda.

Schiano, 46, has been trying to sell the house since April and has cut the price twice, to $1.95 million from $2.3 million.

The coach bought land from the university and was given the $800,000 loan from the athletic department in 2007. Under the agreement, the school forgave $100,000 of the loan each season he remained as coach, with any balance remaining when he resigned due one year later.

Delaware: Rutgers offensive coordinator Dave Brock, 46, was hired as the new head coach.

Times staff writer Greg Auman and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

Florida Gators suspend arrested freshman Jessamen Dunker 01/18/13 [Last modified: Friday, January 18, 2013 9:52pm]
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