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Troubled ex-Cat Pulley trying to make things right

Curtis Pulley, who was dismissed from the University of Kentucky football team last fall only to resurface for a successful season at Florida A&M, is again cleaning up off-the-field troubles while looking forward to a brighter future.

Pulley, a Hopkinsville native and 2004 Kentucky Mr. Football, was indicted by a Christian County grand jury in April on a charge of flagrant non-support.

According to the indictment, Pulley owed $6,275 in child support and failed to make payments between February 2006 and February 2009.

Pulley's father, Curtis Pulley Sr., said Wednesday that his son appeared in Christian County on Monday to make restitution on the charge and that another court date is scheduled for later this month.

Pulley's father said the situation hasn't affected his son's standing at Florida A&M, where Pulley was named a first-team All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference selection at quarterback last season.

"Curtis went and told the coaches about it himself, and they called some people in Hopkinsville who explained the situation to them," Pulley Sr. said. "Some people made it seem like Curtis was a fugitive or something, but everybody in Hopkinsville knew exactly where he was. And he's already begun the process of taking care of the situation."

Pulley's son, Jaylen, was born in January 2005, several months before Pulley started his freshman year at UK.

Pulley's father said that since NCAA rules didn't allow his son to work during the school year, Pulley Sr. agreed to help financially support the child until Pulley graduated. But since there was no official documentation of any financial help the family provided, the court system was able to build a non-support case against Pulley.

"We made a mistake not going through the courts," Pulley Sr. said. "It's been a learning experience. Curtis couldn't work, so we were paying for the child's day care and things like that. But from now on, we'll deal with everything through the court system."

Pulley Sr. said his son earned a 3.2 grade-point average during the spring semester and will spend the summer in North Carolina with his uncle Lonnie Pulley, a former player at Winston Salem State who's a high school coach in the area.

While in North Carolina, Pulley will work out at Wake Forest with Demon Deacons quarterback Riley Skinner and NFL receiver Anquan Boldin, whose brother D.J. played at Wake Forest.

"Curtis has grown up a lot," Pulley Sr. said. "He's had a long, hard road, but coaches and scouts are saying he has a chance at the next level, so he knows what's in front of him."

Pulley completed 55.1 percent of his passes for 1,382 yards and 17 touchdowns for Florida A&M last season. He also ran for 887 yards and seven touchdowns.

Pulley was prepared to compete with Mike Hartline for UK's starting quarterback job last fall but was dismissed by Coach Rich Brooks on the morning of the first practice after violating team rules.

Pulley was cited for marijuana possession last June and was arrested in July for driving on a suspended or revoked license, speeding and having expired plates or registration. He entered a guilty plea to the marijuana charge and agreed to enter a diversion program. He pleaded guilty to speeding, but the suspended license charge was dismissed.

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