Posted by Tom Fornelli
After news broke on Tuesday about Florida wide receiver Chris Gainey 's run-in with the law following a rather ominous text to his lady friend -- though "TIME TO DIE" may have been a reference to a spider he'd found in his home -- offensive coordinator Steve Addazio took some time off from yelling "halfback dive" to explain that Rainey was "no longer part of the team." What he didn't do was expand on whether that was a permanent vacation for Rainey, or whether or not he'd be back at some point in the future.
That decision belongs to Urban Meyer , and on Wednesday Meyer addressed the situation publicly for the first time. Though he doesn't seem all that sure of what Rainey's status with the Gators will be in the future either.
"I can't do that (give timetable) because I don't know,'' he said. "He's not with the team. It's just further evaluation as we go. As of the immediacy of it, he's not with us.''
So it sounds as if Meyer is content to let the police figure out the matter before making a final call on Rainey. Which is probably the right thing to do, though Rainey has admitted to sending the text message.
Whatever Meyer decides to do in the future he'll have a lot of precedents to fall back on while making his decision. After all, this incident does mark the thirtieth time one of Meyer's players has been arrested since he came to Gainesville. That's one arrest for just about every two of Meyer's 59 career wins at Florida.
One decision Meyer was able to make is that Omarius Hines will take Rainey's spot in the starting lineup this weekend against Tennessee.