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Old 09-07-2001, 09:23 PM   #1
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Default Teddy Dupay is out!

Good news Kentucky fans, it looks like you have clinched a conference title in early September.

Dupay is gone

The University of Florida will announce the dismissal of senior guard Teddy Dupay from the basketball team, possibly as soon as today, sources told The Gainesville Sun.

The University Police Department's investigation into possible gambling on the UF campus continues, but Florida has received enough information to warrant Dupay's immediate dismissal, a source said. The NCAA mandates a one-year suspension for any athlete caught gambling or associating with a known gambler.

Dupay was unavailable for comment Thursday.

Florida has received enough information to warrant Dupay's immediate dismissal, a source said.
"It's he said, she said. But they don't need fire if they have smoke," said a source close to the investigation.

Several other UF athletes also were investigated, but were all cleared, the source said.

"When we're ready to say something, we'll say something," Florida athletics director Jeremy Foley said Thursday.

Foley met with Florida basketball coach Billy Donovan in Donovan's office Wednesday. Donovan and Dupay met with University Athletic Association officials in the stadium offices Thursday.

An announcement of Dupay's dismissal from the team is expected today. The UAA, UPD and Dupay's attorney, Gilbert Schaffnit, were working on the language of the press release late Thursday, a source said.

The investigation into a possible link between Dupay and a bookmaker began shortly after the NCAA Tournament.

It has never been established if Dupay placed any bets, but a source close to the investigation told The Sun in May there were phone records showing calls were made from Dupay's home to a bookmaker.

Dupay shared an off-campus apartment with teammates Brent Wright and Udonis Haslem last year but had a private phone number.

Dupay, a Fort Myers native, became one of Donovan's first verbal commitments when he announced his intentions to attend Florida during his sophomore year at Mariner High School. He was a McDonald's All-American and a member of the 1998 class that included Mike Miller, Udonis Haslem and LaDarius Halton, the class that put Donovan on the recruiting map and elevated Florida to the elite level where it is right now.

Dupay was one of the Gators' best players last season. He snared All-American honors after he averaged 13.4 points and was second on the team with 62 3-pointers. He helped lead Florida to shares of the SEC title in each of the past two seasons and into the NCAA Tournament the past three years.

While last season may have been Dupay's best statistically, the year was anything but a smooth one for the shooting guard. Dupay found himself in Donovan's doghouse after criticizing Florida fans when just 8,055 showed up for the home opener against Florida Atlantic. The following week Dupay was suspended for a violation of team rules that forced him to miss the DePaul game. Dupay also was cited, but never charged, for breaking a security gate at his apartment complex last fall.

Healthwise, it also was a taxing season for Dupay.

He missed five SEC games after undergoing surgery to correct a ruptured disc in his back in January but stunned fans when he came back just 20 days later for a nationally televised win over Tennessee. After Dupay returned, Florida won 10 of its next 11 games, with the only loss being a 71-70 heartbreaker against Kentucky at Rupp Arena.

Dupay played through pain the rest of the season, but it was rarely apparent on the court. Some highlights of last season were when Dupay scored 11 points during overtime in a stunning comeback win over LSU, and he tied a career-high when he scored 28 points against Kentucky in March in a win that clinched a share of the SEC title for the Gators.
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Old 09-08-2001, 11:02 AM   #2
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Well, this is good for us, but I don't think I questioned our chances even if they had Dupay. Let's talk about how this hurts Florida. They lose their leader both emotionally and on the court. This really hurts.
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