December 3, 2002
(Gainesville-AP) -- Florida Gators guard Mo Mitchell will be disciplined for his conduct in Saturday's 31-to-14 loss to Florida State but can play in the bowl game if he meets unspecified conditions.
Against the Seminoles, Mitchell was called for two personal fouls and was pulled by coach Ron Zook early in the fourth quarter, immediately after the second penalty. On one of the penalties, Mitchell injured Florida State defensive tackle Broderick Bunkley with an alleged chop block.
Although Zook said the team's tapes did not show what happened on either of Mitchell's penalties, he was angry that he lost control of his emotions. He said Mitchell should have showed more poise.
The incident is just the latest in what has been a controversial year for Mitchell. A projected starter at right tackle, Mitchell left the team for two days near the end of preseason practice and was demoted. He later missed the Tennessee game for what Zook termed "personal reasons" but played extensively the following week against Kentucky.
Mitchell and sophomore offensive tackle Jonathan Colon also apologized to Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley on Monday for trying to leave the field with four seconds left in Saturday's game.
Florida accepted a bid to the Outback Bowl today and will face Michigan on January 1st in Tampa.