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Backup guard Kibler suspended after campus arrest



TAMPA -- USF redshirt freshman Tony Kibler, a backup guard who has played in two games this season, has been suspended indefinitely by coach Skip Holtz after getting arrested in his dormitory room on campus early Sunday morning and charged with two felony counts.


Kibler, 19, was held without bond in county jail Sunday night, charged by USF police with felony counts of armed burglary and improper exhibition of a weapon on school grounds along with a misdemeanor count of criminal mischief. USF police said he was arrested at 3:35 a.m. Sunday in his room, accused of "exhibiting a knife in an angry manner."

USF Police spokesman Lt. Chris Daniel said the incident stems from a "dissolved relationship," and that Kibler was witnessed using a knife to get into the dormitory room of a female USF student who lived across the hall from him around 10 p.m. Saturday. The female student told USF police she had been receiving threats from Kibler. The arrest report does not say if she was in the room when he entered or if anything was taken, and the only damage listed in the report was to the door from Kibler's knife, which results in the criminal mischief charge.

Kibler, from Belle Glade, is a second-string offensive lineman who redshirted last year after enrolling. Holtz said Sunday night that he has been suspended from all team activities for "unacceptable behavior," though he did not specifically mention the arrest.

"I have suspended Tony Kibler indefinitely, just for unacceptable behavior," Holtz said. "Just need to see where it's going, but right now he won't participate in any type of football-related activities."

[Last modified: Sunday, October 30, 2011 9:24pm]


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