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Heath: Mercer 'in jeopardy' after arrest



USF coach Stan Heath said that junior guard Mike Mercer's future with the Bulls is "in jeopardy" after his arrest late Friday night with teammate Anthony Crater on a misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana. He said he likely won't make a decision on whether Mercer will remain with the team until he has talked with Mercer and athletic director Doug Woolard on Monday.

Mercer's status with the team is in greater doubt than Crater's because this is his second arrest in four months, following one in September for public consumption of alcohol. Heath said he had addressed the need for appropriate behavior off the court with Mercer after his last arrest.

"I don't think I necessarily said 'One more chance,' but he knew his back was against the wall," Heath said. "He swore to me he wouldn't cross the line, so when you breach that trust, that's not a good thing. We have not spoken at all, so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt."

Both players remained in jail awaiting $500 bond at 3 p.m. Saturday after USF's 70-61 loss to No. 20 Villanova. When Mercer was arrested in September, teammate Jesus Verdejo had posted his bond.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 5:50pm]


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