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Straub resigns as USF strength coach (UPDATED)

USF strength and conditioning coach Hans Straub has been suspended indefinitely for a tweet he made about former Bulls defensive end Aaron Lynch during the NFL Draft.

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USF strength and conditioning coach Hans Straub has been suspended indefinitely for a tweet he made about former Bulls defensive end Aaron Lynch during the NFL Draft.

Three days after issuing a disparaging tweet about former Bulls DE Aaron Lynch, USF strength and conditioning coach Hans Straub has resigned.

Josh Newberg of 247Sports first reported Tuesday morning Straub had been suspended indefinitely. Late Tuesday afternoon, the school confirmed the resignation. Straub didn't return a text message from the Tampa Bay Times.

"USF Athletics has high expectations for each and every student-athlete, coach and staff member," athletic director Mark Harlan said in a statement released by the school.

"To that end, I have accepted the resignation of Hans Straub from the position of head strength and conditioning coach. ... A national search for his replacement will begin immediately."

Straub, entering his second year at USF, issued the following tweet shortly after the San Francisco 49ers took Lynch in the fifth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday:

Thought an organization with 5 Super Bowl titles would have a stricter draft criteria. Clearly, integrity & character are not a priority.

Speaking on the American Athletic Conference coaches spring teleconference late Tuesday morning, Coach Willie Taggart said he was "very disappointed" in Straub's tweet, adding the USF administration was handling the situation.

"First off I would like to say I am so proud and so happy for Aaron Lynch being drafted by the 49ers," Taggart said on the teleconference.

"Very disappointed in the tweet that you're talking about. Hans knows how disappointed I am, Mark (Harlan) knows how disappointed I am, our football team knows how disappointed I am."

Lynch played only one season at USF after transferring from Notre Dame, where he earned FWAA Freshman All-America honors in 2011.

He led the Bulls in sacks (six) last season and ultimately earned first-team all-conference honors, but struggled with consistency and composure. He was suspended for the first quarter of the Oct. 26 home game against Louisville for an undisclosed team violation.

At USF's pro day in late March, Lynch said he was frequently asked by NFL scouts and coaches about why he left South Bend, and the circumstances behind his weight loss during the year he sat out per NCAA transfer rules.

Reared in Cape Coral, Lynch told local reporters that day he returned to Florida to be closer to his girlfriend (whom he married and has since divorced). Shortly after being drafted, he told San Francisco-area reporters his weight loss -- to around 240 pounds -- resulted from taking the prescription Adderall.

Niners coach Jim Harbaugh told NFL Network that Taggart vouched for Lynch. Taggart served on Harbaugh's staff at Stanford for three seasons and played and coached for Harbaugh's dad, Jack, at Western Kentucky.

"I told them how Aaron's time was here with me," Taggart said.

"It was a good time. I heard a lot before I came in about him and what he was about, but I think from a character standpoint, Aaron wasn't any different than any other kid, and he worked really hard."

Straub arrived at USF from Stanford, where his two-year tenure at the Pac-12 school didn't intersect with Taggart's. At the outset of 2014 spring drills, the school reported no fewer than 17 Bulls had gained at least 10 pounds on Straub's watch since the start of the '13 season.

Additionally, the average weight of USF's five returning starting offensive linemen increased from 297 to 310 pounds. Now, USF must find its fourth strength coach in less than five seasons.

Meantime, Taggart says his staff regularly educates the team on the pitfalls of social media.

"We always tell our guys to think before you press 'send,'" he said.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 9:02pm]


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