Distractions are never good. Distractions during rivalry week are even worse.
But that's what Florida is dealing with as sophomore backup linebacker Dee Finley was arrested Monday and charged with driving with a suspended license and resisting a University Police Department officer with violence.
Resisting arrest with violence is a third-degree felony.
According to the police report, Finley was pulled over after he drove his scooter around a barricade at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. When the officer asked for his license and registration, Finley refused to give the information because he was late, according to police.
Finley then tried to leave on his scooter, but the officer grabbed his wrist. Finley pushed the officer's hand away and the officer threatened to use a Taser on Finley, the report stated. It was at that point that Finely finally complied with the officer.
Finley's license is suspended in Alabama and Florida for multiple failures to pay and a failure to appear in court, according to the police report.
"Coach [Will] Muschamp is aware of the incident and will handle the matter,” UF spokesman Steve McClain said.
Finley hasn't had much of an impact on Florida's defense at all (he has just eight career tackles), but heading into the first conference game of the season against one of your top rivals, this is one of the last things you want to worry about as a head coach.