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Originally published September 3, 2014 at 8:40 PM | Page modified September 3, 2014 at 10:37 PM

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Reinstatements defended

Florida coach Will Muschamp came to his own defense Wednesday, ripping critics who questioned his decision to reinstate three players suspended for a season opener that lasted just 10 seconds.


The Associated Press

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida coach Will Muschamp came to his own defense Wednesday, ripping critics who questioned his decision to reinstate three players suspended for a season opener that lasted just 10 seconds.

Muschamp said “it’s not just about suspending players for games.”

He added: “There are a lot of things that go into discipline. It’s about altering and changing behavior, which we’ve done here. I think our discipline speaks for itself and how we’ve handled our football team, OK?”

Muschamp suspended receiver Demarcus Robinson and defensive tackles Darious Cummings and Jay-nard Bostwick for last week’s season opener against Idaho. But the game was called after the opening kickoff, which was delayed nearly three hours because of lightning and then eventually halted for good because of unsafe playing conditions.

Muschamp said Robinson, Cummings and Bostwick will play Saturday against Eastern Michigan.

“It’s very frustrating for me as a coach, or any coach, to have someone being critical and you don’t even have all the information,” Muschamp said.

Florida and Idaho announced the game will not be rescheduled this season. The schools have agreed to play a game in 2017.

LOS ANGELES — UCLA running back Steven Manfro will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL, a school spokesman said.

Manfro was taken off the practice field on a cart after injuring his knee Tuesday. The junior was part of the No. 11 Bruins’ three-man rotation at the position with Paul Perkins and Jordon James, and Manfro was often featured as a receiver out of the backfield.

Freshman Nate Starks is likely to take Manfro’s spot.

Note

• Texas coach Charlie Strong has suspended offensive linemen Desmond Harrison and Kennedy Estelle for the Longhorns’ game Saturday night against Brigham Young, further depleting a unit that already lost starting center Dominic Espinosa to injury.



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