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USF assistant coach facing drunk-driving charge

Eric Mathies

It’s far from unusual for the “Days Without An Arrest” ticker to be reset to double zeroes over the weekend.  What’s unusual, however, is for an assistant coach to be responsible for triggering a reset.

That, unfortunately, is the situation USF finds itself in at the moment, with the Tampa Bay Times reporting that defensive line coach Eric Mathies was arrested early Saturday morning on a charge of driving under the influence.  The charge stemmed from a traffic stop, after which Mathies refused to take a breathalyzer test.

No details of what led to the stop by Tampa police at around 3:40 a.m. ET were given, and the team has yet to address what if any punitive measures the assistant may be facing.

Mathies was hired in January of 2013, coming along with head coach Willie Taggart from Western Kentucky.  According to the coach’s profile on the team’s official website, “Mathies guided a strong defensive line that helped the Bulls rank 12th in the FBS posting 7.6 tackles for loss per game and 21st in total defense allowing 350.8 yards per game while nearly tripling their forced turnovers from nine the previous season to 25 and scoring three defensive touchdowns.”

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9 Responses to “USF assistant coach facing drunk-driving charge”
  1. psly2124 says: May 31, 2014 10:28 AM

    Not a big deal. I’m sick of dui’s getting treated like murderers and rapists. It’s just a giant scam by the states to create a revenue stream.

  2. longtallsam says: May 31, 2014 11:19 AM

    Attitudes like your’s are why DUIs are such a problem. Every drunk driver is a potential murderer. There is no excuse for it. Will it take someone in your family being killed by a drunk driver, to change your ignorant opinion. It sounds like you like to drink and drive.

  3. 6ball says: May 31, 2014 1:05 PM

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    When you are driving around Tampa at 3:40 am, you’re going to come under scrutiny.

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  4. planecrashguy says: May 31, 2014 1:09 PM

    I don’t want a coach with a DUI as an example to young athletes. Coaches should be held to a higher standard than the average slepp.

  5. Kaitlyn Shannon says: May 31, 2014 2:46 PM

    I don’t hold coaches to a higher standard, but I do hold them to the same standard & laws that apply to all citizens. If he wants to drink, fine. He had several options A. drink at home B. call a taxi C. ask a friend to take him home. Getting behind the wheel drunk is a danger to others on the road. He looses a little credibility now when lecturing college kids/players to make responsible decisions and to avoid putting themselves into certain circumstances. He is 38 years old, not 20. Act like it!

  6. psly2124 says: May 31, 2014 5:17 PM

    Attitudes like mine. Every time anyone gets into a car they re a potential murderer. So drivers that smoke weed are not an issue. Or people with prescription drugs are not either in your opinion. How about 16 yer old drivers they don’t kill either. Only dui’s.

  7. tigersfandan says: May 31, 2014 8:12 PM

    psly2124 says:
    May 31, 2014 5:17 PM
    Attitudes like mine. Every time anyone gets into a car they re a potential murderer. So drivers that smoke weed are not an issue. Or people with prescription drugs are not either in your opinion. How about 16 yer old drivers they don’t kill either. Only dui’s.
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    You are wrong. Plain and simple. DUIs kill. Quit trying to minimize that.

  8. psly2124 says: May 31, 2014 10:08 PM

    Really. It a money grab. More people are killed by illegals with valid drivers licenses or insurance the. Are killed by dui’s. The Obama regime lets these murders walk right out of jail with a notice to appear.

  9. pdcooper08 says: Jun 1, 2014 1:52 AM

    Not sure where your going with this psly2124. This is very simple. DUI is a crime, you get caught and you pay for it. It’s not the end of the world, but your going to feel it in several areas. I’m not sure why your making this a political issue. Its wrong to drive under the influence period. Get a clue.

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