Florida Gators Football

Doe! Is That Homer Simpson or Urban Meyer Screaming?

GAINESVILLE, FL - AUGUST 30:  Linebacker Dustin Doe #32 of the Florida Gators recovers a fumble during his game against the Hawaii Warriors at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on August 30, 2008 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
James WalkerAnalyst IIJuly 25, 2009

Doe!  At first, I thought it was Homer Simpson screaming, but turns out it was Coach Meyer when he heard the news that Linebacker Dustin Doe was pulled over and found driving on a suspended license a second time.

Accordingly, Doe is now suspended indefinitely, and has jeopardized his future with the Gators.  "Dustin had been suspended from team activities while resolving his parking-ticket issues and driving with a suspended license.  Those issues have not been taken care of and as a result, he will not be with us when we begin practice on Aug. 6" Coach Meyer stated.

If you recall, Dustin got into a little skirmish back in April 2007.  However, the charges were dropped, and Doe was not suspended from the team.

All this mess started with a parking ticket.  A ticket?  Are you kidding me?  Reportedly, he paid the fine, but not the late fee.  He had the money to post the $1,000 bail Friday, but not enough money to pay the late fee?

It gets better!  He already had an Aug. 24, 2009 court date regarding a June ticket for knowingly driving on a suspended license.  Between February and June 2009, he received two tickets for "unknowingly" driving on a suspended license.

Obviously, this young man doesn't get it.  I wouldn't be surprised if he is dismissed from the team.  He has had several chances to make amends, but has failed to do so.  

Seriously, I want to feel sorry for him, but cannot.  I have a feeling that he will get kicked off the team, and wind up on some team in the FCS or Division II.

Doe is a talented football player, and it is a shame that he hasn't handled his mistakes accordingly.  Now a promising football career hangs in the balance over carelessness.

Doe had a few great moments during the 2008 season.  One that comes to mind is an interception during the Georgia game, and he was given 1/2 credit for a sack during the National Championship game.  All in all, he has started 15 career games for the University of Florida.  A respectable career is now spiraling out of control.

I hope others on the team learn from Doe's mistakes.  I think it's time for Mr. Tebow to have a chat with those that have similar or worse character issues if they exist.  

I know I wouldn't want to sit across from Coach Meyer trying to explain why I'm stupid and/or careless.  Best of luck in your future endeavors, Dustin Doe.


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