UF softball starters have been released from team, players' dad says
Published: Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 12:25 a.m.
DUNNELLON — While Florida was suffering an upset loss in its NCAA Regional softball opener in Gainesville on Friday evening, three of the Gators' regular starters were watching a high school football game in Marion County.
Shortstop Cheyenne Coyle, third baseman Sami Fagan and left fielder Kasey Fagan were no longer with the team after being released by head coach Tim Walton, according to Kevin Fagan, a Dunnellon High School football assistant and the father of Sami Fagan and Kasey Fagan.
"My two girls and Cheyenne Coyle have been released from the team," said Fagan, a former defensive lineman with the University of Miami and the San Francisco 49ers. "They're free to go anywhere they want. We've already got several calls from teams that are interested."
Fagan said the release stemmed from "an altercation on the team."
"The team sort of divided and Walton felt like it was in his best interest to get rid of those three," he said.
After Florida lost 2-1 to Florida Gulf Coast on Friday, Walton said the three players were "suspended indefinitely until the end of the season."
But Kevin Fagan left little wiggle room when asked if the events this week marked the end of his daughters' relationship with the program.
"I've scheduled an appointment with the athletic director, but yes, they're done there," he said. "They won't play there anymore."
Sami Fagan was UF's leading hitter in the regular season with a .378 average. Kasey Fagan was batting .261, while Coyle was at .232 with 10 home runs and 34 RBIs. Coyle also is arguably UF's top defensive player with her ability to cover ground at shortstop.