University removes references to ex-Gator Hernandez
GAINESVILLE - The University of Florida has removed the brick honoring former tight end Aaron Hernandez as one of the school's All-Americans from outside the football stadium and work continues. The University Athletic Association announced Thursday that Hernandez will no longer be honored by the school. The 2013 media guide was already put together prior to his arrest involving a possible murder charge. "We didn't feel it was appropriate to celebrate Aaron Hernandez," the UAA announced in a statement. "We put together an immediate plan after the initial news broke to remove his likeness and name in various private and public areas in the facility, such as the South End Zone team area, locker room, football offices, Heavener Complex, Kornblau Lobby and the brick display entrance to the football facility." The move has some precedent. Florida also removed Vernon Maxwell as its all-time scoring leader after he was found in violation of NCAA rules that landed the Gators on probation in the late '80s."We were able to implement some of the changes immediately and this (brick removal) was a more complex process to complete with our vendors," the UAA said. "The plan was to have everything completed before the end of July." When asked during last week's SEC Media Days,, Gators coach Will Muschamp did not address any possible action to strip Hernandez's honors.
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