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Muschamp to DeBose: ‘you’ve got to be careful’

Florida Gators kick returner Debose scores on a 100-yard fourth quarter kickoff return against the Louisville Cardinals during the 2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl NCAA football game in New Orleans Reuters

Over the weekend, Florida wide receiver Andre DeBose was involved in an incident that began as a physical confrontation between multiple individuals and eventually escalated into gunfire.  While the initial Gainesville Police Department description painted DeBose as an aggressor, the GPD subsequently amended the public portrait by releasing a pair of statements that hailed the player as a hero and even offered a public apology for the initial misinformation it had been responsible for spreading.

DeBose was not arrested, and no one was hurt in the altercation even as the receiver was pushed through a window.  It did, though, serve as a teachable moment for a player who earlier this month received a sixth season of eligibility.

“He told me it was an eye-opening experience and what have you,” Gators head coach Will Muschamp explained following UF’s Pro Day Monday. “He admittedly said ‘‘Coach, I was in a bad place and shouldn’t have been there and I didn’t know all of the people that were involved.’ And I just told him, I said, ‘That’s where you’ve got to be careful.'”

“He’s got to be mentally careful about who he’s hanging around in that situation,” the coach added.

DeBose, coming off an ACL tear he suffered last August, will not participate in non-contact drills during spring practice until late this month as he continues to rehab the injury.

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13 Responses to “Muschamp to DeBose: ‘you’ve got to be careful’”
  1. wolfman55h says: Mar 17, 2014 2:34 PM

    Who is going to be the coach in Gainesville in 2015? Gators you guys are gonna SUCK. GEAUX Tigers

  2. mauldawg says: Mar 17, 2014 2:41 PM

    Nice cover up! Job well done Muschamp!

  3. lastdukestreetking says: Mar 17, 2014 3:08 PM

    The legacy of Urban Liar lives on…

  4. wadaea says: Mar 17, 2014 3:15 PM

    Wow!!! The Gainesville police are just as good as the Tallahassee police. Let’s keep this among ourselves. I guess when you get thrown out a window you are in the wrong place… …

  5. gatorfan1 says: Mar 17, 2014 3:24 PM

    Muschamp: Andre you need to be more careful, there’s a lot of stupid people out there!

    DeBose: How can you tell coach?

    Muschamp: Read this board Andre!

  6. iownyou2 says: Mar 17, 2014 7:45 PM

    Guess you can change coaches but not change the culture of a program. Keep on Florida, keep on. Guess the wrong half of the criminal ridden team transferred this offeseason.

  7. onlyoneleft says: Mar 17, 2014 8:47 PM

    SEC SEC. Nothing to it son. It is a daily occurrence. Commissioner Slive and the conference will be proud of you.

  8. overratedgators says: Mar 17, 2014 9:06 PM

    Muschamp’s just worried because if anything happens, as coach, he’s “100 percent responsible”.

  9. 35longmiles says: Mar 17, 2014 9:08 PM

    The level of ignorance displayed by the above comments is astounding.

  10. drubyy1993 says: Mar 18, 2014 2:44 AM


  11. 89seminole says: Mar 18, 2014 12:46 PM

    It’s great to be a 4-in-8-tor!

  12. spoiledbratswhosuck says: Mar 19, 2014 7:47 AM

    College Football is a cesspool where $$$$$$ trump all else.

    Crime pays if you are an elite athlete.

  13. jrcurtis45 says: Mar 20, 2014 7:02 AM

    @89Seminole – you might think it’s good to have a bad year, because the Seminoles have been in the cellar for so long, losing to teams like NC State, Wake Forest, etc.. At UF, it’s unacceptable. We will be back to our winning ways, this year and you will return to protecting your rapist, who will be so tied up in defending himself in civil court, where TPD and the FSU administration can’t protect him, like they did with the criminal charges.

    As for you ignorant people who think things get covered up at Florida – they arrest our players for barking at dogs. The scum bag coach that drug our program down is at OSU now. Check Muschamp’s history at Florida – it’s much better than most schools; especially, FSU’ and Georgia’s.


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