Grier filed his appeal earlier in November and argued to have the suspension reduced so that he would be eligible to start playing again at the beginning of the 2016 season. With the denial of the appeal, Grier will have to sit out the first six games of the 2016 season. The first game he will be available to play will be the October 15, 2016 home game against Missouri.
Grier shared quarterback duties with sophomore Treon Harris during the season’s first two games, but assumed full-time responsibilities during the team’s SEC opener September 19th at Kentucky. After Grier’s suspension, Harris has led the Gators to 4-1 record and a spot in the SEC Championship game in Atlanta.
Eric Esterline is a lecturer in Sports Journalism at the College of Journalism and Communication. He has a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunication and Education from Butler University and a master’s degree from Indiana University in Informatics and New Media. He has worked in sports radio and journalism in Indianapolis, Jacksonville and Washington D.C. and was a freelance producer for FoxSports. He has been in education for over 10 years working as a faculty member at Butler University and the University of Florida.