The playing careers of two f USF players have come to a premature end.
Head coach Willie Taggart announced Tuesday that defensive backs Mark Joyce and JaQuez Jenkins have been dismissed from the football program. No reason for the dismissals were given; the Tampa Bay Times wrote that “[n]either player’s name appeared in a local arrest-records search.”
Both of the defensive backs were seniors, and each had been suspended for last week’s game against UCF.
“They’ve done a lot for our football program and unfortunately made a mistake and they’ve got to deal with their mistake,” Taggart said.
“We’re trying to change a culture in our entire football program to one that is total commitment to the football team and winning, and we will. There are consequences that come with anything that counters that. And those consequences will be paid.”
Joyce started the first 10 games this season at safety before his suspension and started 22 games in his Bulls career. Jenkins was a backup who played in seven games in 2013.
Perhaps the lone good news coming out of this story is that both players are slated to graduate next week.