Donovan said the decision to eject Walter Hodge really didn't come down to determining whether or not he stepped on Stevenson intentionally. And he also said he can't offer up an opinion as to whether or not the officials did the right thing.
"I did not see the play live when it happened," Donovan said. "I was talking to the team when Chandler (Parsons) got fouled. We had a veteran officiating crew on the game who I respect who really were going to the rule interpretation of what they needed to do. It was an unfortunate situation but there's no suspension of Walter. There was no reprimand by the SEC or anything like that."
The incident is the second time this season Hodge has gotten a technical foul, but Donovan remains positive about his lone senior.
"Walter is a great kid and he's been in this league a long time and obviously he's played a lot in a four year period. I think Walter is a great competitor, he's a tough kid. I never have seen anything that would indicate that Walter would do something intentionally like that. I think at any time a guy can lose his emotions for a second and re-gather them."
Donovan also pointed out that Hodge handled it the right way after the incident, which reinforces his belief that it was unintentional.
"Nobody knows what Walter's thinking but Walter. But I think when it happened the thing that at least made me feel better was at least Walter right when it happened went right back and apologized to the guy. Generally if you're doing something (intentional) like that you walk right over the guy. He didn't do that."
The Gators head back on the road for a Saturday afternoon game at Georgia.
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