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South Florida defensive line coach arrested for DUI

A member of Willie Taggart’s staff is facing some legal trouble after an incident early Saturday morning.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, South Florida defensive line coach Eric Mathies was arrested in South Tampa on a DUI charge. As of late Saturday morning, the Times is reporting that Mathies remains in jail on $500 bond and that USF officials are “aware of the arrest” and are “expected to provide a statement later in the day.”

The arrest reportedly took place at 3:40 a.m. after Mathies was stopped for traveling “15 miles per hour above the speed limit” and failing “to maintain its lane of travel.” Per the arrest affidavit, the arresting officer “reported the smell of alcohol on Mathies’ breath” and noted that “his eyes appeared bloodshot and his speech was slurred.”

After refusing to take a field sobriety test or Breathalyzer test, Mathies was arrested on the DUI charge.

The 38-year-old Mathies is entering his second season on the Bulls’ staff. He previously coached at Western Kentucky from 2005-2012 and also had stints at Tennessee State and Midwestern State after playing collegiately at Kansas and Murray State.

Mathies is the second USF coach this month to run into trouble. Strength and conditioning coach Hans Straub resigned on May 13 after posting a tweet that criticized former Bulls defensive end Aaron Lynch after he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers.

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