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Florida Gators basketball transfer Cody Larson facing drug charge

GAINESVILLE — Cody Larson, the South Dakota basketball standout who last month signed a letter of intent with Florida, is facing legal charges stemming from an April misdemeanor drug charge.

Larson, 18, was indicted on a misdemeanor charge of "inhabiting a room knowing drugs are kept or used there."

A Minnehaha County judge set three June dates in Larson's case, including a June 22 jury trial. Larson, who was not in the courtroom but was represented by his lawyer, can try to reach a plea deal before June 22.

Scout.com rates Larson as the nation's No. 22 power forward. He averaged 19.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists. He committed to UF after being released from his scholarship at Iowa after coach Todd Lickliter was fired.

"We were aware of Cody's situation during the recruiting process," Florida basketball spokesman Fred Demarest said in a statement. "He and his family were up front with us during the recruiting process."

MORE BASKETBALL: Robert Morris promoted Andrew Toole, 29, making him the youngest head coach among men's Division I programs. … Georgia transfer DeMario Mayfield, a guard, signed with Charlotte.

Football

USF TRANSFER: Sophomore safety Charlton Sinclair, ineligible last season, said he's transferring from USF this summer.

BIG TEN DENIES OFFERS: Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany e-mailed conference officials Tuesday to stamp out a rumor that four schools had already been offered a chance to join the league. Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith confirmed that Delany quashed a report of offers to Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Rutgers.

HALL OF FAME: Willie Jeffries, the first black coach of a Division I school, and former Super Bowl standouts Troy Brown and Emerson Boozer were among six inductees chosen from the divisional class (for schools outside Division I-A) for the College Football Hall of Fame. They'll join major-school inductees such as Notre Dame's Tim Brown and Miami's Gino Torretta on July 16-17.

Information from Times wires was used in this report. For news on other sports from our instate colleges, go to tampabay.com/sports and click on More Sports.

Florida Gators basketball transfer Cody Larson facing drug charge 05/11/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 9:21pm]
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