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Latest arrest leads to Janoris Jenkins’ dismissal from Gators

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There were many people, ourselves included, who felt that Will Muschamp would have no choice but to give Janoris Jenkins the boot following his third arrest in two years — and second this year — earlier this month.

Unfortunately for the player, and even more unfortunate for UF’s secondary, that turned out to be the case.

Muschamp announced Tuesday afternoon — via Twitter incidentally — that the All-SEC  corner has been dismissed from the football program.

“After meeting with Janoris Jenkins today, we both felt it was in his best interest to move ahead to the next stage of his career,” Muschamp said in the first tweet, before adding in a second one that “[w]e appreciate Janoris’ contributions to the University of Florida during his time here and wish him the best of luck.”

Jenkins was arrested early in the morning this past Saturday and charged with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana.  He was cited for the same offense in late January.  In May of 2009, Jenkins was charged with resisting arrest without violence — after being on the receiving end of a taser.

He was named first-team All-SEC this past season as a junior, but surprised many by eschewing a shot at the NFL draft and returning to Gainesville for another season.  Based on what’s happened in the past three months, we’re guessing Jenkins might be ruing that decision right about now.

As for Jenkins’ football future, it’s unclear whether he will attempt to play at a level lower than the Div. 1-A level or if he would attempt to make himself attempt for the NFL’s supplemental draft.  There’s no guarantee, though, that there will even be such a draft or, if there is, that Jenkins would be included in that normally shallow pool.

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15 Responses to “Latest arrest leads to Janoris Jenkins’ dismissal from Gators”
  1. blitz4848 says: Apr 26, 2011 2:29 PM

    All who are quick to denounce coaches for not standing up need to applaud Muschamp and the Gators.

    Jenkins was arguably one of the best players on the team and will probably go on to the supplemental draft.

    Hopefully this sends a clear message that this behavior, while tolerated in the past, will now lead to a quick exit out of Gainesville.

  2. gatorprof says: Apr 26, 2011 2:58 PM


    …and kicking him off leaves them paper thin at DB.

    Good for Boom punting him. This was really a very easy decision. Let’s see what he does with the other guys.

    Here’s hoping that JJ gets his act together.

  3. TxGrown says: Apr 26, 2011 3:00 PM

    And he’s gone in a puff of smoke…this kid can score.

  4. blakeowen13 says: Apr 26, 2011 3:01 PM

    Third arrest come on people. He should have been gone after the first one. I forgot we are talking about the gators.

  5. blitz4848 says: Apr 26, 2011 3:17 PM

    Legalization isn’t the issue!

    STUPIDITY is…………

    “Twice caught smoking pot cigars in public”

    Go Gators

  6. Ryan Karhut says: Apr 26, 2011 4:26 PM

    Sound Familiar: Cam Newton Could Get Money Prior To Playing :

  7. thefiesty1 says: Apr 26, 2011 5:03 PM

    Good for Coach Boom.

  8. whatswiththehate says: Apr 26, 2011 5:53 PM

    Ryan Karhut says:
    Apr 26, 2011 4:26 PM
    Sound Familiar: Cam Newton Could Get Money Prior To Playing :

    And to think all this kid did was help a rival school win the NC. Wow…college football fans are really showing their true colors.

    This ranks right up there with the tree killing and crazy DJ who claimed he heard audio tape of Cam and his father asking for money, only to have it be called a fraud but I’m sure folks like you believe anything if has to do with Cam.

    Also, ur doing your own advertising for traffic to your site by using Cam and another bogus attempt for attention. SAD

  9. pff says: Apr 26, 2011 6:57 PM

    haters love to hate

    Go Gators

  10. Spencer says: Apr 26, 2011 8:05 PM

    This is a loss for a team thin on talented and experienced players at the moment.

  11. overratedgators says: Apr 26, 2011 8:52 PM

  12. florida727 says: Apr 27, 2011 12:04 AM

    Glad the coach took a stand even though it’ll hurt the Gators on the field. Good luck in the pros, kid… that is, assuming a team wants to roll the dice drafting a two-time drug offender.

  13. burntorangehorn says: Apr 27, 2011 9:40 AM

    Bravo, WM. This is a message the players should notice. It’s important to keep sending these messages after just one or two strikes rather than just letting them skate like Meyer did.

  14. ncrdbl1 says: Apr 27, 2011 11:21 AM

    Stupidity and cockiness enduced by the atmosphere of SEC sports. The coach gave him the wink wink now you did wrong but do not do it again. So FINALLY after the THIRD offense the coach decides his hand are tied and did what he should have done from day one. HELL NO Florida shouldn’t be praised for kicking him off the team. They should be raked across the coals for waiting till the third offense in a years time to do what should ahve been done a year ago. Typical SEC mentality, they look the other way protecting their own self interest until an idiotic player who cannot comprehend the concept of laying low while the staff covers up his not following the rules, finally puts them in a position where they have to act.

  15. gatorcheme says: Apr 27, 2011 10:25 PM

    1) Good call, Boomer. Three chances is two too many.

    2) To the haters: Smoking pot is a misdemeanor. Get over it already. Everybody gets one screw up. JJ got two…but that’s been fixed.

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