College Football

Florida LB arrested for barking at police dog

Associated PressJuly 22, 2013 

— Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison has been suspended for at least the first two games of the regular season after being arrested for the second time in five weeks.

Morrison was arrested early Sunday for barking at a police dog and resisting arrest. Both charges are misdemeanors.

Later Sunday, Gators coach Will Muschamp announced that Morrison would be held out of the opener against Toledo (Aug. 31) and the road game the next week against Miami.

“I’m extremely disappointed in Antonio Morrison’s decision making,” Muschamp said in a statement.

Morrison played in 13 games, with three starts as a freshman, and is expected to have a bigger role this season

The sophomore from Bolingbrook, Ill., also was arrested June 16 for allegedly punching a bouncer. He received deferred prosecution on the simple battery charge, a deal in which he was ordered to stay out of trouble for six months.

He was back in court Sunday, when a judge released him on his own recognizance.

According to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, Morrison walked up to an open window on a police car and barked at a K-9 dog named Bear. The dog responded by barking back, prompting an officer to arrest Morrison for interfering with a police canine. According to the arresting officer, Morrison’s actions diverted the canine’s “attention from my investigation and towards him.”

Officers said Morrison resisted attempts to handcuff him.

Morrison told officers he made a “woof-woof” sound at Bear because the dog barked at him.

Elsewhere

Middle Tennessee St.: Three players were suspended Saturday after they were charged with a series of crimes.

Coach Rick Stockstill referenced “charges” in a statement released by the university, and The Daily News Journal of Murfreesboro said defensive tackle J.D. Jones was charged with two counts of domestic aggravated assault, and cornerback Rodney O’Neal and defensive tackle Marcus Robinson were each charged with two counts of aiding and abetting.

The newspaper said the three sophomores turned themselves in to campus police Saturday and were booked into the Rutherford County Detention Center.

The News Journal said Jones was being held on $60,000 bond, O’Neal on $40,000 bond and Robinson on $5,000 bond. They have an Aug. 29 court date, the day the Blue Raiders open the season against Western Carolina.

“I was disappointed to learn of charges brought against three current football players,” Stockstill said in the statement. “This is not the reflection of our football program we want at Middle Tennessee and we will react accordingly after gathering all pertinent information.”

MVC scheduling: The commissioner of the league – which includes two schools from South Dakota and one from North Dakota – says her league would be hurt the most if the Big Ten stops scheduling smaller Division I colleges.

The Big Ten says it is unlikely to schedule Football Championship Subdivision teams now that Rutgers and Maryland are joining the league and a playoff system is being planned in the upper tier of Division I.

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