College football notes: Wayward woof costs Florida linebacker

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison was suspended for at least the first two games of the season after being arrested for the second time in five weeks.

Morrison was arrested early Sunday for barking at a police dog and resisting arrest. Both charges are misdemeanors. Later Sunday, coach Will Muschamp announced that Morrison would be held out of the opener against Toledo and the game the next week at Miami.

As a freshman, Morrison played in 13 games with three starts, and he’s expected to have a bigger role this season. The sophomore from Bolingbrook, Ill., was arrested June 16 for allegedly punching a bouncer. He received deferred prosecution on the simple battery charge, a deal in which he was ordered to stay out of trouble for six months.

But he was back in court Sunday, when a judge released him on his own recognizance.

According to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, Morrison walked up to an open window of a police car and barked at a K-9 dog named Bear. The dog responded by barking back, prompting an officer to arrest Morrison for interfering with a police canine. The officer said Morrison’s actions diverted the canine’s “attention from my investigation and towards him.”

Officers said Morrison resisted attempts to handcuff him. He told officers he made a “woof woof” sound because the dog barked at him.

ACC

SWOFFORD LAUDS STABILITY: The ACC finally is settling into a period of stability.

Syracuse and Pittsburgh are here, Notre Dame is partly in and Louisville is on the way.

So as the league held the first of its two-day preseason football extravaganza Sunday, it did so with the focus squarely on the field.

“The composition of the long-term membership of the ACC has never been stronger,” Commissioner John Swofford said.

That’s thanks to the new grant-of-rights agreement that pumped the brakes on realignment, basically locks in the current members and Louisville until 2027, and “publicly secured our position as one of the nation’s premier conferences,” Swofford said.

The commissioner said that if Notre Dame chooses to place its independent football program in a league before 2026-27, “that conference by contractual agreement would be the (ACC).”

Middle Tennessee

THREE SUSPENDED: Middle Tennessee suspended three players after they were charged with a series of crimes. The Daily News Journal of Murfreesboro said defensive tackle J.D. Jones was charged with two counts of domestic aggravated assault, and cornerback Rodney O’Neal and defensive tackle Marcus Robinson each were charged with two counts of aiding and abetting.