Barrington, like license, suspended from UConn game
Senior linebacker Sam Barrington, a vocal leader on USF's defense and the Bulls' leading tackler, has been suspended from tonight's game against Connecticut for repeated offenses of driving without a valid license.
Without Barrington, the Bulls are expected to start true freshman Tashon Whitehurst, who enters the game with one tackle; USF could also shift middle linebacker DeDe Lattimore back to weakside and plug senior Mike Lanaris, who started six games, back in the middle.
Barrington was arrested for driving with a suspended or revoked license three times in his first two years at USF in 2009-10, but was never suspended for the problems. According to public records, he was stopped again in Feb. 2011 for driving without insurance, and has been stopped three times this year for license-related infractions. He's due in court Monday on a February citation for failing to display a license and an August stop for driving with a suspended license with knowledge; no court date has been set for an additional Sept. 15 citation for driving with a suspended license with knowledge. He has $465 in unpaid fines from those citations.
Here's what Holtz had to say in 2010 -- weeks before his first game as head coach -- after Barrington spent two days in jail as a result of his third arrest for driving with a suspended license.
"It's nice to see him out here, especially from the last couple of days," coach Skip Holtz said. "It's a great lesson to learn about crossing t's and dotting i's, not just on the football field and in the classroom but in your everyday social life. It's a lesson for all of us, every member of this team. ... By letting a little thing go, how that little thing can snowball into a huge issue for you if you don't take care of the little things. I hate what he's going through, but at the same time, he understands that he brought this upon himself."
He's expected to return next week for USF's game at Miami.