This is obviously a very poor judgment call by someone who is arguably the Gators' best defender on the line of scrimmage. Here's the response from Dennis Dodd: "Oh no, he didn't". Sounds just like Verne Lundquist.
I think the coaches made the right choice-ethically and morally rather than from the standpoint of his value as a player. If there are no consequences, there is no remorse and no commitment to do better in the future. I was born and raised in florida so i know that coach will need to justify his decision if his absence effects the game, sad but true.