Florida Gators track and field star senior Gray Horn has been suspended from the team just days before the 2012 Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championships.
Head coach Mike Holloway announced at the schools all-sports press conference on Monday that Horn would not participate in the event, a decision he likely made after learning Horn was arrested and charged for driving under the influence on April 14.
“Gray will not be competing this weekend. Gray’s been suspended from the team, not that I want to go into it right now but he won’t be competing,” Holloway said on Monday according to GTN‘s Julie Quittner.
Horn, a three-time All-American (two outdoor, one indoor), is the three-time defending SEC Outdoor champion in the decathlon. He also won the SEC Indoor title in the heptathlon in 2011 but was unable to finish competing in the event this year after going down with an injury (he led by 18 points).
Alachua County court records note that Horn filed a “not guilty” plea to the DUI charge and has requested a jury trial. His pre-trial conference is set for May 30 at 9 a.m.
The 2012 SEC Outdoor Championships begin May 10 and last through the weekend. Horn’s absence will undoubtedly hurt a Florida team looking to win its first outdoor conference title since 2010.