Mopedgate! No, no, Ford won't be suspended
USF coach Jim Leavitt, asked if running back Mike Ford would travel with the team to the International Bowl in Toronto on Jan. 2, did his best Friday to sound stern and sincere while making repeated use of the word "moped."
Ford, who rushed for a team-high 74 yards in Saturday's loss at Connecticut, was arrested early Thursday morning for driving without a valid license after University police stopped him for driving his moped on the sidewalk on campus. He spent the rest of the night in jail before being released on $250 bond, but Leavitt made it clear his punishment won't involve any kind of suspension.
"You don't want to do anything wrong, ever, in life," Leavitt said. "Mike was riding a moped, and he happened to ride his moped on a sidewalk. We know he's not supposed to ride a moped on the sidewalk. Also, he has to get his license. So we have really been on him about that, and we want to get that corrected. Will that keep him out of a bowl game? Probably not. Usually moped incidents are not things I'd keep him out of a bowl (for). It's 'Do things right.' We want him to do things right."
By my count, Leavitt used the word "moped" seven times in less than a minute, which I believe is a personal high for him, at least since the Bulls joined the Big East in 2005.
"It's not something we scoff at or anything like that, because you have to have your license," Leavitt said. "You're not allowed to be driving anything, even a moped. He shouldn't be riding a moped."