Bulls CB Durden transferring
USF CB Kenneth Durden, arrested in January on a marijuana-possession charge, told the Tampa Bay Times on Sunday evening he's transferring to Division I-AA Youngstown State.
A fourth-year junior from Valdosta, Ga., Durden confirmed his departure via text message, adding he will be eligible for the 2014 season. He is expected to have two years' eligibility remaining.
A starter in 11 games last season, Durden recorded 32 tackles and an interception, and appeared poised to anchor a promising young Bulls secondary in 2014 prior to the drug charge.
According to an arrest affidavit, USF police were dispatched to his on-campus residence in mid-January in response to a complaint of possible drug use. Durden ultimately acknowledged to having cannabis in his room, the report stated, producing a clear bag of the substance later weighed at 21.7 grams.
He was indefinitely suspended by Bulls coach Willie Taggart, but was listed on the spring roster.
"He's got things he's got to take care of, much bigger than football," Taggart said following the first day of spring drills. "Those are his issues, and if he works those things out, he can come back and talk to us then."
When asked Sunday evening if he had an opportunity to re-join USF this fall, Durden texted: "I'm not sure."