1 » Florida Gators freshman guard Jessamen Dunker was cited on Nov. 14 for driving without a seat belt and directing multiple expletives at an officer who pulled him over. According to a report from The Gainesville Sun, the officer’s report on Dunker was not filed right away, an action that has prompted an investigation and a leave of absence. “Lt. William Gainey, who coordinates security at football games and supervises the officer who issued the citation, has been put on leave pending an investigation,” writes the paper’s Nathan Crabbe. “Gainey met with UF athletic association officials following the incident involving Dunker, the source said. The report ended up being filed the next day and said Gainey told the officer to report the incident, so it’s unclear why the report wasn’t initially filed.”
Alachua County Court Records show that Dunker owes $104 in fines ($32) and court costs ($72) for his citation and has until Dec. 14, 2012 to pay his fees.
2 » The Gators announced Tuesday that junior guard/forward Casey Prather, who has yet to play this season after suffering a pair of concussions over the course of two weeks during practice, was officially cleared Monday by team doctors to return to the court and did just that during the team’s latest practice. As head coach Billy Donovan noted on Monday, Prather will be eligible to play on Friday as long as he remains healthy and without further incident. Should that be the case, he would have missed Florida’s first five games of the season (including Georgetown).