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USF grad assistant arrested on shoplifting charge

Michael Lanaris

Just as the “Days Without An Arrest” ticker reached the halfway point to double digits, it’s been reset — but not by a player as is normally the case.

Instead, the Tampa Bay Times reports, USF graduate assistant coach Michael Lanaris was arrested early Thursday morning following an incident at a Northwest Tampa shopping plaza. Specifically, Lanaris was charged with one count of shoplifting.

No details, including what was allegedly lifted, were given, although Lanaris remained in jail in lieu of a $250 bond as of late Thursday morning. The Bulls opened summer camp this morning, meaning Lanaris wasn’t a part of what would’ve been his first practice as a grad assistant.

After finishing up his playing career as a USF linebacker a couple of years ago, Lanaris was entering his first season as a coach.

Lanaris is the second USF assistant to be arrested and charged this offseason. Back in late May, defensive line coach Eric Mathies was charged with driving under the influence. Mathies, after a brief suspension, remains a part of head coach Willie Taggart‘s coaching staff.

(Photo credit: USF athletics)

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8 Responses to “USF grad assistant arrested on shoplifting charge”
  1. tigersfandan says: Aug 7, 2014 4:06 PM

    I’d imagine that the most disposable member of a staff is the grad assistant. He’s probably toast.

  2. friarjack61 says: Aug 7, 2014 4:09 PM

    Probable toast, do not get paid in Gold Medal Flour, but in crumpets.

  3. Stephanie says: Aug 7, 2014 4:14 PM

    Grow up, dude. I don’t understand adults shoplifting.

  4. ducksk says: Aug 7, 2014 6:05 PM

    Nice leader, congrats on pissing your career away. Thief

  5. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 7, 2014 6:43 PM

    Too bad he wasn’t a grad assistant for FSU…. He would have just been suspended for a few weeks before the season started…

  6. mcqphx says: Aug 7, 2014 7:26 PM

    Shoplifting is illegal on our planet.

  7. irishlad19 says: Aug 7, 2014 8:24 PM

    He wanted some crab legs!

  8. Bridgeh2O4ROY says: Aug 7, 2014 8:54 PM

    Actually, I am 40 never stole in my life and had to go to court for opening iphone cases at Walmart to see if they fit my new phone, was charged with theft! So see what happened first! I paid a fine and got my charges dropped but it could be something stupid like mine

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