(USA TODAY) The University of Florida is trying to distance itself from Aaron Hernandez.
Hernandez, who was an All-American tight end for the Gators in 2009, is currently sitting in a Massachusetts jail cell awaiting trial for murder. Thursday morning, the university began removing any remnants of his name.
PHOTOS: Florida removes Aaron Hernandez brick from stadium
"We didn't feel it was appropriate to celebrate Aaron Hernandez," the school said in a statement. "We put together an immediate plan after the initial news broke to remove his likeness and name in various private and public areas in the facility, such as the South Endzone team area, locker room, football offices, Heavener Complex Kornblau Lobby and the brick display entrance to the football facility.
"We were able to implement some of the changes immediately and this (brick removal) was a more complex process to complete with our vendors.
"The plan was to have everything completed before the end of July."