Chris Rainey could return Oct. 30
Florida running back/wide receiver Chris Rainey is eligible to return to action against Georgia on Oct. 30, Gators coach Urban Meyer told reporters Wednesday.
Rainey, a junior who had 10 catches for 161 yards last season, reached an agreement last month with the Florida state attorney that could lead to a stalking charge being dropped if he meets terms of the agreement.
Florida has a bye this week. Meyer said he is not yet certain if Rainey will play when the Gators and Bulldogs meet in Jacksonville, Fla.
Rainey originally was charged with aggravated stalking, a felony, after sending texts, including the phrase "Time to Die," to a woman he has known for three years. The state attorney determined that the case more accurately reflected a charge of misdemeanor stalking and entered into the agreement with Rainey.
The victim, who used to date Rainey, said in court she did not want him prosecuted.
Rainey was suspended indefinitely by Florida on Sept. 15. At that point, Gators coach Urban Meyer said Rainey's status with the team would be evaluated over time.
To meet the terms of his agreement with Florida authorities, Rainey must stay out of trouble for at least six months, must have no hostile contact with the unnamed alleged victim, must undergo counseling and has to donate money to a domestic violence center or perform 10 hours of community service.
Joe Schad is ESPN's college football reporter.
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