Florida guard suspended for the first two games

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    GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida has suspended highly touted forward Chris Walker for the first two games of the season for violating team rules.

    Coach Billy Donovan announced the discipline Wednesday at the team's annual media day, saying Walker also will miss an exhibition game against Barry University on Nov. 6.

    Donovan also said freshman Brandone Francis won't play this season because of NCAA academic issues. A 6-foot-5 guard from the Dominican Republic, Francis has been admitted to school but "has to prove himself academically," Donovan said.

    Walker, a 6-10 sophomore from Bonifay, Florida, will sit out the regular-season opener against William & Mary on Nov. 15 and against Miami two days later. He is scheduled to return against Louisiana-Monroe on Nov. 21.

    "I think the biggest thing, his biggest challenge this year, is going to be his ability to manage expectations," Donovan said. "You hear all these expectations, and people look at the fact that he's gotten physically strong and everything else. He has such a long way to go in terms of being reliable, accountable and disciplined. Those would be the three things I would say I don't have a real good grasp on right now, but we're going to find out."

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