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DiRocco: Murphy maturing on, off court

1/20/2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Sometimes people need a little nudge to get going in the right direction.

Unfortunately for Erik Murphy, that nudge came with a pair of handcuffs.

Murphy and Florida teammate Cody Larson were arrested last April and charged with felony burglary after allegedly breaking into a car outside a St. Augustine, Fla., bar. The charge later was reduced to misdemeanor criminal trespass, and Murphy eventually accepted a deferred prosecution agreement in which he agreed to pay restitution, perform community service and complete a substance abuse evaluation program.

It was embarrassing, humbling and frightening. But it also turned out to be a turning point for the junior forward from South Kingstown, R.I.