Charles no longer part of UF football team

Published: Tuesday, March 29, 2005 at 4:43 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 29, 2005 at 4:43 p.m.

The brief but turbulent Florida football career of linebacker Taurean Charles came to an expected official end Tuesday

Charles, who would have been a rising junior, met with UF athletic director Jeremy Foley on Tuesday and was told his indefinite suspension is now permanent. Charles is expected to attempt to transfer to another school.

"Taurean Charles is no longer a member of our football program," Foley said in a statement released by the UF sports information office. "We wish him the best in the future."

The permanent dismissal of Charles had been expected since he was placed on probation for a year after pleading no contest to a charge of culpable negligence stemming from a fight at an off-campus party this past summer.

Charles also had been on probation a year earlier after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor battery charge.

Charles was suspended from the team indefinitely by Foley after Charles was arrested on July 20 of last year. Police alleged Charles threw a keg of beer at a UF student at a party last summer that caused significant injuries.

Since his arrest, Charles has remained in school at UF on a partial scholarship, but now likely will transfer to another school in an attempt to restart his football career. He recently had been put on probation by the University for a year that made him ineligible for the 2005 season.

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