1 » Florida Gators sophomore cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy is no longer being charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana after the State Attorney’s Office dismissed his case due to lack of evidence. According to Gainesville, FL attorney Huntley Johnson, who spoke with The Gainesville Sun’s Robbie Andreu, “[Purifoy] never had any marijuana on him, therefore he was not guilty of possession of marijuana.” Purifoy was in the back seat of a blue Honda that was pulled over at 12:05 a.m. on Feb. 7 for a right-of-way violation. Upon pulling the car over, a Gainesville Police officer found “cannabis residue” on the pants of someone in the car and noticed someone throw “a cannabis cigarette out the window.” The officer later noticed “a baggie containing 2.5 grams of cannabis” by the emergency brake. All four passengers had been charged with a first-degree misdemeanor.
2 » Mike Jensen of The Philadelphia Inquirer penned a feature on Gators defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd that ran in Monday’s newspaper. Focused on Floyd looking back at his “hardscrabble Philly childhood,” it provides a bit more detail on what head coach Will Muschamp said to the player when they met concerning his potential departure from Florida one year early. “I sat down after the season with my coaches – before I said anything, they said, ‘Go, go into the draft this year; you had a hell of a year.’” Floyd also discusses problems he had at home. “I found out my father wasn’t my father, so I moved out, because of the way I was treated growing up,” he said. “I was abused. I’ve pretty much been beaten with everything you can think of, at a young age. On punishment for nothing. I remember I got beat for not getting in the shower fast enough.”
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3 » Florida tight end Jordan Reed, currently in Indianapolis, IN starting the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine process, did an interview with the Sun-Sentinel recently after a training session in South Florida. He discusses why he decided to leave school early and how he thinks he can stack up in the NFL.
4 » Gators running back Mike Gillislee did the same.
5 » New York Jets (for now) quarterback Tim Tebow has finally backed out of a speaking engagement he had scheduled with the First Baptist Church of Dallas. “While I was looking forward to sharing a message of hope and Christ’s unconditional love with the faithful members of the historic First Baptist Church of Dallas in April, due to new information that has been brought to my attention, I’ve decided to cancel my upcoming appearance,” Tebow wrote on Twitter. “I will continue to use the platform God has blessed me with to bring Faith, Hope and Love to all those needing a brighter day. Thank you for all your love and support. God Bless!” The church’s pastor, Robert Jeffress, has been quite controversial over recent years. As the Orlando Sentinel’s Mike Bianchi described him, Jeffress is “anti-Catholic, anti-Semetic, anti-Muslim, anti-Mormon, anti-gay, anti-President [Barack] Obama and seemingly anti-everything” that is not his church. Suffice to say, Tebow made the right call in cancelling this speaking engagement; however, the fact that it was booked in the first place should certainly raise his eyebrows as it pertains to his management company’s vetting process.
6 » Purifoy is not the only member of the Gators who had a charge dropped against him by the SAO this week. According to The Sun’s Cindy Swirko, the state has also dropped battery charges due to lack of evidence. “You have to be able to prove that he subject did the crime, and the prosecutor was unable to make that link,” an SAO spokesman said. Johnson had been accused of felony battery after a sworn complaint was filed with the Gainesville Police Department in November alleging that he took part in beating up a man after the Florida-LSU football game.