Washed-Up (allegedly) Gambling-Mad Footballer Rides Pine
By dave
Former Florida State quarterback Adrian McPherson will not resurrect his career or try to restore his reputation at his first choice of schools.

'USF has rejected him,' McPherson's attorney, Grady Irvin Jr., said Wednesday. 'It's a great disappointment and a great surprise to the McPherson family.'

Bulls coach Jim Leavitt confirmed the school's decision. Irvin said McPherson, who likely will have one year of eligibility left, will enroll at another school shortly.

The first step for any school that accepts McPherson is asking the NCAA about his status. If the NCAA finds he gambled, as he was charged with doing via the Internet, it would suspend him for one year. After that, he could seek reinstatement. If, however, the NCAA finds he bet on FSU, alleged in a voluminous police report, the suspension would be permanent.

McPherson never admitted to gambling, and a trial ended with a hung jury. He subsequently pleaded no contest to multiple felony theft charges and the misdemeanor gambling charge. As part of a plea bargain, a formal finding of guilt on all charges was withheld.

McPherson, 20, the state's only prep Mr. Football and Mr. Basketball award winner out of Bradenton Southeast High, supplanted a struggling Chris Rix last season and won his first three starts. Two days after going 8-for-20 for 80 yards in a 17-7 loss at North Carolina State on Nov. 23, McPherson was dismissed from the team amid rumors of a stolen $3,500 check.

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