Less than three weeks after his DUI arrest, star Florida defensive end Carlos Dunlap was reinstated to the team Friday and will play in the Jan. 1 Sugar Bowl.
The announcement came from UF coach Urban Meyer after Friday's practice. Meyer said the decision was reached by the school's administration after he had discussions with athletic director Jeremy Foley and UF president Bernie Machen on Friday.
"He's going to play if he takes care (of some things)," Meyer said. "(I talked) with the administration, with the president and also the athletic director. What was involved was it was (Dunlap's) first mistake. It was a real serious one, but he paid a serious price as well. It was a real serious mistake. But since he's been here he's been a good student, a good person and represented (UF) well. It devastated him."
Meyer said Machen and Foley recommended Dunlap be reinstated.
"There were a lot of discussions," Meyer said. "(There was no) previous track record. It's case by case. If there was another issue, it would be an issue, and there hasn't been. That's basically what the administration let me know. They actually let me know."
Urban Meyer really runs a tight ship down in Gainesville.