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Bulls coach Mathies arrested on DUI charge

USF defensive line coach Eric Mathies was arrested early Saturday morning in South Tampa on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence.

Mathies, 38, was booked into the Orient Road Jail and released early Saturday afternoon on a $500 bond, according to Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office online records. USF officials were aware of the arrest; athletic department spokesman Brian Siegrist said Mathies has been placed on administrative leave.

Mathies was arrested by Tampa police Saturday at 3:40 a.m. According to a Tampa Police Department arrest affidavit, he was observed traveling east on Platt Street in a black SUV at 60 mph -- 15 mph above the speed limit.

He was pulled over after the arresting officer noticed the SUV failing "to maintain its lane of travel." The officer reported the smell of alcohol on Mathies' breath, noting his eyes appeared bloodshot and his speech was slurred.

He initially refused sobriety exercises, and a subsequent breathalyzer test.

A Chicago native, Mathies is entering his second season on USF's staff after arriving with Coach Willie Taggart from Western Kentucky. Last year, the Bulls ranked 12th in Division I in tackles for loss per game (7.6) and 21st in total defense (350.8 yards per game).

The arrest is the second prominent smudge on the Bulls football program in less than a month.

Strength and conditioning coach Hans Straub's resignation was accepted by Athletic Director Mark Harlan earlier this month. Three days before resigning, Straub posted a disparaging tweet about former Bulls DE Aaron Lynch soon after Lynch was taken by the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL Draft's fifth round.

[Last modified: Saturday, May 31, 2014 5:12pm]

    

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