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Decision expected soon on Graddy's punishment

Florida coach Steve Spurrier will wait at least one more day to announce the fate of junior SS Rod Graddy, who police said was driving a car carrying two robbery suspects fleeing a crime scene early Friday.

The Associated Press reported Graddy will be kicked off the team. Graddy was not charged, and police said he was helpful.

Gainesville police stopped Graddy's car shortly after a fight at a local bar. Passengers Timothy Taylor, 27, and Kenneth James Welch, 19, both of Gainesville, were arrested. Taylor was charged with strong-armed robbery and aggravated battery. He took a $1,200 bracelet from a man who had been in a fight, police said, and pointed a gun at two people who chased him to Graddy's car. Welch was charged with misdemeanor count of accessory after the fact for hiding the bracelet under his seat, police said.

Graddy sat out one game last season for missing classes and already had been suspended for the first five games of the upcoming season for breaking an unspecified university rule.

Spurrier said coaches and other university officials will decide Graddy's punishment.

"We'll find out about all that a little later," Spurrier said. "Obviously he's in dire straits right now. He's had some problems. I don't know exactly what will happen. We'll have a little talk with him if he shows up."

WAITING IN THE WINGS: With Graddy's possible expulsion from UF, defensive coordinator Jon Hoke said redshirt freshman LB Tabious Carter will move to safety and several others could back up Marquand Manuel.

"We haven't decided what we're doing yet," Hoke said. "You've got Reggie Davis, Todd Johnson, Marquand Manuel. You've got a lot of corners who could go back there."

DOWN DAY: Though veterans report today, the Gators will not practice until Thursday, the first day of full-squad drills. The entire team will practice twice a day on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.


Mirambeau's move provides depth at DT

TALLAHASSEE _ Sophomore Antoine Mirambeau was moved from center to defensive tackle, providing needed depth.

The Seminoles feature two All-American candidates at tackle, Corey Simon and Jerry Johnson but no experienced backups. The 6-foot-4, 280-pound Mirambeau was recruited by some schools to play on the defensive line and had a team-high 535-pound bench press.

NUMBERS GAME: Highly touted freshman TB Nick Maddox wore No. 20 for the past six years, but with that number taken, he opted for No. 37. Why? His high school coach, Bruce Hardin, idolized Doak Walker, and Maddox said that if Hardin thought so highly of someone, then he would "try to come as close to that man as I could." Beginning with the number.

INJURY UPDATE: Backup TB Jeff Chaney was held out again, but said his strained left hamstring was much better.

TV DEAL: FSU and Sunshine Network announced a seven-year, $3-million contract that athletic director Dave Hart said will "enhance every facet of the school's athletic department."

Sunshine Network will televise a minimum of six games annually on a tape-delayed basis and produce and make available any games the Atlantic Coast Conference designates for pay-per-view. Sunshine also will produce one preseason show and a highlight show featuring the annual spring game and could prepare a bowl special.

Besides football, Sunshine will have the rights to a minimum of 10 baseball games and 14 women's events including basketball, volleyball, soccer and softball.

The deal that expired this year was for $1.3-million over four years. With this as well as negotiations with Nike and Host Communications complete, FSU probably can focus on the details of a new contract for coach Bobby Bowden.


Offensive line lacks depth

ORLANDO _ Life after Daunte Culpepper officially began as two-a-day practices kicked off at Central Florida.

Although the quarterback battle will get the most attention, the offensive line is where the most questions remain. A lack of depth has coach Mike Kruczek concerned. The situation was complicated by junior Freddy Moore's decision to transfer to Florida A&M.

The defense took a hit with end Marv Richardson lost for at least a month. He will have surgery to remove a mass behind his left eye.

DE Don Page, however, may lessen that blow. Page, a former high school All-American from Foley, Ala., is qualified and practiced in the latter practice session. He originally signed with Auburn and could make an immediate impact.


Davis praises defensive front

CORAL GABLES _ After two two-hour practices in helmets and pads, Miami coach Butch Davis said he was impressed with the defense's front seven.

"The development of some depth is one of the most encouraging things that I've seen in quite a while," Davis said. "I think our first group of linebackers (Michael Smith, Dan Morgan and Nate Webster) are really a talented group, but those players in the backup roles are really starting to come on. Sheven Marshall, Howard Clark, Chris Campbell and Rod Mack are really making plays. The linebackers alone had three interceptions today, and that's encouraging.

"Our second-string defensive line is starting to understand the intensity needed to dominate the line of scrimmage. William Joseph continues to do well at defensive end. Adrian Wilson and Matt Walters are really doing some nice things at defensive tackle. Walters' development at defensive tackle is instrumental in keeping Joseph at end."