Florida coach Will Muschamp sent a message to his team Tuesday by dismissing standout cornerback Janoris Jenkins.
Jenkins has been arrested twice this year: Florida first-year coach Will Muschamp sent a message to his team Tuesday by dismissing standout cornerback Janoris Jenkins.
Jenkins was kicked off the team after his third arrest in less than two years, his second this year.
Muschamp’s decision indicates he won’t tolerate the off-the-field issues that plagued the Gators during ex-coach Urban Meyer’s tenure. The Gators had at least 30 arrests, involving 27 players, in Meyer’s six seasons.
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One of those included Jenkins, a three-year starter. Police used a stun gun when arresting Jenkins in May 2009, and he was charged with affray and resisting arrest without violence. Jenkins signed a deferred prosecution agreement, receiving probation and community service.
But his last two arrests were on marijuana-possession charges.
Jenkins was charged with marijuana possession Saturday after a Gainesville Police officer spotted the 22-year-old sitting in a parked car, smoking what the officer later found to be a marijuana cigar.
Jenkins was arrested on the same charge in January and later accepted a plea deal.
Muschamp said he met with Jenkins and both felt it was in Jenkins’ best interest to move on “to the next stage of his career.”
“We appreciate Janoris’ contributions to the University of Florida during his time here and wish him the best of luck,” Muschamp said in a statement.
There is speculation Jenkins will enter the NFL supplemental draft.
Illinois running back Ford is arrested: Illinois running back Jason Ford, a senior, has been arrested on suspicion of driving on a suspended license.
University of Illinois Police Lt. Roy Acree said Ford was arrested Sunday morning. That is when police discovered a warrant in nearby McLean County for failure to appear in court to answer the July 2010 charge. Ford is free on $300 bond.
Attendance drops: Attendance across the three NCAA divisions in the 2010-11 season was 32.8 million, a decline of 0.5 percent from the previous season but still No. 5 all time. Schools in Division I — the top level — drew 27.6 million fans, an increase of more than 86,000 from the previous season.
The Big Ten drew 2.4 million and led all conferences in home attendance for the 35th consecutive season.
Man U blanks Schalke: Manchester United of England defeated host Schalke of Germany 2-0 in the first leg of their home-and-home, total-goals UEFA Champions League semifinal.
Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney scored in the second half. Giggs, 37, is the oldest player to score in the competition, according to European soccer’s governing body.
Track and field
Knight appears on Oprah: Phil Knight, Nike’s founder and chairman, made a rare media appearance as a guest on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” He told of how he helped launch Nike with his college track coach, Bill Bowerman, and about what inspires him.
Knight gave Winfrey and guests at the show specialized running shoes.
New Jersey election official rules Lewis is ineligible to run for state Senate: New Jersey’s top election official ruled nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis is ineligible to run for state Senate because he failed to meet the four-year state residency requirement for candidates seeking elected office.
Secretary of State Kim Guadagno ordered Lewis’ name to be stricken from the June Democratic primary ballot.
“I find that respondent was not a resident of New Jersey for the constitutionally required four years prior to the date of the election for the office he now seeks,” Guadagno said at the end of a 15-page opinion.
Guadagno, who is also New Jersey’s lieutenant governor under Gov. Chris Christie, noted the 49-year-old Lewis said he paid income taxes in California, was registered to vote there until recently and has business offices there. Lewis owns a home in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Lewis said the ruling would be challenged. He had told The Philadelphia Inquirer that Christie tried to talk him out of running.
“What’s really clear to me, is that first the governor called and tried to talk me out of my race, now he’s trying to use his power to do it,” Lewis said.
Durkin decides not to renew Triple Crown deal: The Triple Crown is looking for a new voice. Longtime announcer Tom Durkin said he is stepping away from his job calling the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes for network television.
Durkin, 60, cited the stress of the job as a major reason for the decision not to renew his contract with NBC Sports.
Durkin has called the last 30 Triple Crown races for various networks.
A replacement is to be named shortly. The Kentucky Derby is May 7.
Durkin plans to continue to serve as track announcer for Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga in New York.
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