Judge scolds USF football coach at player’s hearing

Judge scolds USF football coach at player’s hearing


WARNING. GOOD EVENING, I’M JENNIFER LEE. I’M KEITH CATE. CALLED OUT IN THE COURTROOM. A HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY JUDGE BLASTING USF FOOTBALL COACH CHARLIE STRONG, QUESTIONING WHETHER HE HAS CONTROL OVER HIS PLAYERS. THE LATEST DIFFERENT INVOLVES DEFENSIVE END LADARRIUS JACKSON ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING A STUDENT. PETER, THIS JUDGE IS A USF ALUMNI AND SHE DOES NOT LIKE WHAT SHE’S SEEING IN HER COURTROOM. Reporter: SHE IS LIVID, AND I’VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE. SHE IS ESSENTIALLY HOLDING COAST STRONG RESPONSIBLE FOR THE VIOLENT ACTS COPS SAY HIS PLAYERS COMMITTED. IF THESE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST YOU ARE TRUE, I MUST SAY THAT YOUR BEHAVIOR IS NOTHING SHORT OF OUTRAGEOUS. Reporter: STERN WORDS FROM MARGARET TAYLOR. SHE TOLD LADARRIUS JACKSON, SHE’S A USF ALUMNI. WHILE USF MAY NOT BE THE TOP RANKED SCHOOL IN THE NATION, I WAS NEVER ASHAMED OF BEING AN ALUM UNTIL NOW. Reporter: JACKSON IS THE SECOND USF BULL PLAYER ARRESTED IN TWO WEEKS. TAMPA PLACE ARRESTED HASSAN CHILDS AFTER A ROAD RAGE INCIDENT, WHERE CHILDS ENDED UP GETTING SHOT. BUT THE JUDGE’S RAGE DIDN’T JUST FOCUS ON THE PLAYERS. THIS COURT, AND I’M SURE I’M NOT ALONE, QUESTIONS WHETHER YOU HAVE CONTROL OVER YOUR PLAYERS. IT’S FAIRLY CLEAR THAT YOU DO NOT HAVE CONTROL OF THEM OFF THE FIELD, AND I GUESS ONLY TIME WILL TELL WHETHER YOU HAVE CONTROL OVER THEM ON THE FIELD. NOBODY FROM THE USF FOOTBALL PROGRAM WOULD GO ON CAMERA TO ADDRESS THE JUDGE’S CONCERNS. COACH STRONG ONLY ISSUED A STATEMENT SAYING IN PART, WE HAVE HIGH EXPECTATIONS OF OUR COACHES, STAFF, AND STUDENT ATHLETES, AND HOLD ACCOUNTABLE THOSE WHO ARE CONTRARY TO THOSE ACTIONS. Reporter: THE FELONY ARRESTS GIVE THE SCHOOL A BAD REPUTATION. DO YOU THINK THAT IT’S RIGHT FOR THE JUDGE TO CALL OUT THE COACH TOO? I AGREE. SHE SHOULD. SHE NEEDS TO LET EVERYBODY KNOW THAT IT’S NOT RIGHT. IT NEEDS TO BE SHUT DOWN. OBVIOUSLY, IT’S NOT RIGHT WHAT’S HAPPENING, BUT WHEN IT COMES TO A JUDGE, THEY SHOULD BE NEUTRAL AND LOOK AT THE FACTS OF THE CASE. THE CASE ITSELF. Reporter: SOME VARYING OPINIONS THERE. DESPICE THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE JUDGE CALLING OUT THE FOOTBALL COACH, THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS WOULD NOT DO AN ON- CAMERA INTERVIEW. HE DID POINT OUT TO ME ON THE PHONE, THAT COACH STRONG HAS A HISTORY OF BEING A

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  1. This can't be real.  Did she get up that morning and say to herself "I want to play dumb blond today"?  It's an absolute embarrassment this lady should be anywhere close to a judgeship.  USF should have no problem with her taking her USF diploma off her wall.  It saves that college the shame of being reminded of having her as a graduate.

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