Posted by Jerry Hinnen
There's a story we've seen many times before that goes 1. player gets arrested 2. player is suspended and/or sees reduced playing time 3. rumors swirl that player is looking to transfer. And almost inevitably, that story ends with 4. player transfers.
That's the narrative that's played out once again with Florida linebacker Dee Finley, who Will Muschamp said Tuesday had not come to any final decision about his future as a Gator. But Muschamp and Florida issued a statement Wednesday that Finley has now elected to continue his college football career elsewhere.
"Dee has decided that he would like to pursue other opportunities," Muschamp said. "We wish him the best of luck and we appreciate his time at Florida."
Per the release, Finley plans on remaining enrolled at Florida through the end of the semester.
The announcement comes as something far, far less than surprising after reports surfaced that Finley was considering (or had already decided on) a transfer. A four-star recruit out of Auburn, Ala., Finley saw plenty of playing time as a freshman in 2009, but a broken collarbone ended his 2010 season prematurely. After a September arrest on traffic charges and resisting arrest, Finley remained firmly on the Gators' second string and had seen little on-field action during the 2011 season.
Where the Gators are concerned, Finley's departure thins the linebacking depth a bit but likely won't have much of an impact unless the unit suffers a wave of injuries. With any luck on Finley's choice of a new school, this story could still have a happy ending for all involved.