Florida coach Billy Donovan said he was contacted by the Southeastern Conference regarding senior Walter Hodge’s flagrant technical against Kentucky.
Hodge was ejected for the final 16:04 of the game for the foul, in which he stepped on Kentucky junior forward Perry Stevenson.
“It was a hard, hard play because the officials had to make a decision based on Walter’s intentions,” Donovan said. “So what was Walter’s intention at the time. Well, nobody knows what Walter is thinking but Walter. I think when it happened the thing that made me feel a little bit better was that Walter went back to try to apologize to the guy.”
Because it was a flagrant technical and not considered a fight, Hodge will be available to play Saturday at Georgia. Donovan said he spoke with Hodge about the incident.
“Walter is a great competitor and a tough kid, but I would have never seen anything that would indicate that Walter would do something like that,” Donovan said. “Sometimes a guy could lose his emotions for a second and re-gather them. You make a mistake there.”