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Charges against UF's Morrison dropped

Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison, left, is still suspended for the first two games.

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Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison, left, is still suspended for the first two games.

GAINESVILLE — The Gainesville State Attorney's Office on Tuesday dismissed all charges against Florida sophomore linebacker Antonio Morrison, citing a lack of evidence, but the projected starter will still be suspended from team activities and the first two games.

Morrison, 19, was arrested early Sunday and accused of interfering with a police animal and resisting arrest without violence when he allegedly barked at a police K-9 dog who was sitting in the police car. The dog's officer was responding to an official call.

"In my view, no arrest should have been made in this case, whether technically sustainable or not," said Bill Cervone, State Attorney of the Eighth Judicial Circuit. "In my office, I teach and we attempt to practice restraint. The power to do something as profound as depriving another person of liberty and subjecting him to all of the consequences of an arrest or prosecution cannot be abused, even when one's patience is thin."

Cervone said Morrison's deferral agreement from his arrest in July will remain intact.

So will Morrison's time away from the Gators.

"As of now, nothing has changed with Antonio Morrison's discipline status," Florida coach Will Muschamp said.

"It's all about making good choices and decisions, and he made a poor choice and decision to be out at 3 o'clock in the morning," Muschamp said. "And that's No. 1 with me."

Cervone said Morrison received no special treatment.

Around the nation: NCAA wants Penn State case tossed

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The NCAA asked a Pennsylvania court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the family of the late coach Joe Paterno that seeks to overturn the sanctions against Penn State for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Some trustees, former players and coaches and current faculty members are also taking part in the lawsuit, which the NCAA said was flawed and contained "various significant legal deficiencies."

The NCAA said in the filing in Centre County court that the civil suit must be dismissed in part because the university itself isn't part of the suit, which was filed in May. The sanctions handed down in July 2012 were agreed to by the NCAA and PSU's president.

Also, PSU's nearly $2.3 million share of bowl revenue was divided among the Big Ten's 12 member schools, including Penn State, to distribute for causes focused on child protection or advocacy. The money represents Penn State's share of conference bowl revenue had the school been allowed to play in the postseason. The Nittany Lions went 8-4 last season but were banned from postseason play. PSU's bowl ban expires after the 2015 season.

Bowls: The Big Ten will have a team in either the Heart of Dallas Bowl or the Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas, each year through the 2019 season. This season, the Big Ten faces a team from Conference USA in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Jan. 1 at the Cotton Bowl stadium.

ARIZONA: Sophomore safety Patrick Onwuasor was cut from the team after being arrested and accused of drug dealing and having a weapon. Tucson police say Onwuasor, 20, was taken into custody Monday on suspicion of four felony counts after a search warrant was served at his apartment.

Ohio State: Video footage from a Columbus nightclub showed that Carlos Hyde, who was suspended indefinitely Monday, did not strike a woman in a case being investigated as an assault, Yahoo Sports reported. Hyde was listed as a person of interest but was not charged in the case, the Columbus Dispatch reported Monday. Coach Urban Meyer suspended Hyde, a senior running back, over the weekend.

Louisville Basketball celebration: President Barack Obama welcomed the NCAA champion Louisville Cardinals to the White House. "We're here to celebrate a Louisville team that always played hard, that always worked together, that stayed focused on one singular goal: to bust my bracket," joked Obama, standing behind the team, clad mostly in dark suits and red ties. Obama, a big basketball fan, releases his NCAA Tournament bracket each year; he had Louisville losing in the final to Indiana.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

Charges against UF's Morrison dropped 07/24/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 12:59am]

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