Florida tight end A.C. Leonard to transfer

By Jerry Hinnen | Staff Writer

An indefinite suspension for Florida tight end A.C. Leonard has turned into a permanent one, Will Muschamp announced at SEC media days.

Muschamp confirmed that he had spoken to Leonard Monday and that the two agreed it was in the sophomore's best interests to transfer out of Florida to a new school. Leonard had been suspended in February following his arrest on domestic violence charges, and Muschamp suggested that Leonard had not taken the steps necessary to have that suspension lifted.

"Obviously he made a mistake there in the winter," Muschamp said. "He has decided to transfer. He and I talked yesterday. He had a set of criteria he needed to work his way back on our football team. He and I both sat down and decided it would be better off for him to transfer.

"I don't know where he's wanting to go," Muschamp added. " I'm going to talk to him further about it. It was a mutual decision. Just sometimes it doesn't work, and it wasn't working in this situation, so he needs to move on."

Leonard was one of the star recruits of Muschamp's first Gainesville recruiting class in February 2011, and plenty of early playing time saw him catch eight passes for 99 yards his true freshman season. But Muschamp wasted no time in suspending Leonard following his arrest, where Leonard stood accused of shoving his girlfriend into the side of a dog cage and dragging her out of an apartment by her ankles.

"This behavior will not will be tolerated," Muschamp said in a statement at the time. "I certainly don't condone this type of behavior - it is not what we expect from the University of Florida football program."

Leonard's arrest was the 10th for a Gator since Muschamp's hire, though his was the first for a Florida player Muschamp had recruited himself.

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