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UF safety ends legal problems

Published September 4, 2004

GAINESVILLE - Florida safety Jarvis Herring's legal troubles ended Friday when he accepted an offer of deferred prosecution on charges of resisting without violence during an incident at a Gainesville nightclub in May. Herring, 21, agreed to pay a $150 fine or complete 10 hours of community service. He'll also serve six months' probation.

The agreement, which Gainesville State Attorney Bill Cervone called standard for someone with no previous criminal record, is contingent upon Herring's conduct during the probationary period. If he is involved in any legal trouble during that time, charges could be brought against him.

Herring got into trouble at the Palace nightclub while trying to help teammate Channing Crowder. According to a police report, Crowder ignored a policeman's orders to leave the club on May 16 after an argument, then led police on a chase several blocks as he ran after the man he argued with. Herring repeatedly interfered with police by trying to get them to let Crowder go, the police report said.

Crowder pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct Aug. 18, and paid a fine of $423.

Both players were suspended for the season opener against Middle Tennessee, but since the game was postponed until next month due to Hurricane Frances, the suspension most likely will be imposed for next week's game against Eastern Michigan.

Florida coach Ron Zook said he's unsure when the suspensions will be served.

"That's something I'm going to talk to Jeremy (Foley, UF athletic director) about," he said. "I don't know, but I think by Monday that's something we'll have a comment on."

FSU has spirited workout

TALLAHASSEE - A day after learning Hurricane Frances postponed their opener with Miami, the Seminoles regrouped and had an intense practice.

FSU held a full-contact practice in pads. Coach Bobby Bowden said he was pleased with the energy.

"I was kind of anxious to see how they would do today," Bowden said. "They responded good."

Times correspondent Zachary Spain contributed to this report.

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