Donovan: Larson reinstated to UF men's basketball team

Florida's Cody Larson

Published: Monday, October 10, 2011 at 6:51 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, October 10, 2011 at 6:51 p.m.

OCALA — Florida redshirt freshman forward Cody Larson has been reinstated to the team, UF coach Billy Donovan confirmed Monday.

"I wanted to get the legal process resolved before I commented on it," Donovan said before a speaking engagement at the Ocala tipoff club.

Larson and teammate Erik Murphy were arrested in April for allegedly trying to break into a car in St. Augustine. Both had felony charges reduced to misdemeanor criminal trespass. Both reached plea deals which included probation, substance abuse evaluation, community service and writing a meaningful letter of apology to the victims involved.

"I think both those guys have been through a lot," Donovan said. "I think both those guys are really, really remorseful. I don't think the incident is a reflection of who they are as people. They come from great families."

Murphy was reinstated to the team in July. The 6-foot-9 240-pound Larson was reinstated after appearing before a judge in South Dakota on Friday for violation of terms of his suspended sentence. He received two years probation and will speak to high school basketball teams about the pitfals of being a high profile college athlete.

Larson received the suspended sentence on a misdemeanor drug charge for sharing prescription medication with a high school teammate.

"Cody has obviously got some more probation and community hours to do," Donovan said. "I think they served a pretty severe penalty as it relates to me and their suspension. I've seen a lot of growth from both of those two kids since the incident. That's encouraging."

Donovan said that Larson and Murphy will not serve any game suspensions.

"With Cody, I think he's happy that at least, legally, that piece of it is behind him," Donovan said. "I think he's got a lot of work in front of him. And hopefully he'll be able to represent his family, our program and himself with the kind of respect that he needs to."

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