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Taggart: I saw no dirty play vs. UM



TAMPA -- Two days after his team was labeled "dirty" by Miami QB Stephen Morris, Coach Willie Taggart said he has found nothing lending credence to that accusation.

Morris called the Bulls "a dirty team" following the Hurricanes' 49-21 victory Saturday at Raymond James Stadium. He indicated when the 'Canes were "down and tackled and everything," the Bulls defensive players were "going to try to go for your ankles."

"I heard (Morris' accusations) and went back and watched the entire game and I did not see that one bit," Taggart said Monday on the American Athletic Conference's weekly coaches teleconference.

"If anyone could show me where our guys did anything dirty, I would really like to see it because we don't teach that. That's not our football team."

PRESSING ON: Saturday night's USF-Cincinnati game at Raymond James Stadium will be the Bearcats' first since a single-car crash two weekends ago that killed two people including Cincy OL Ben Flick.

Receiver Mark Barr, among two others injured, remains in "very serious condition," Coach Tommy Tuberville said Monday.

"I've really not known how to handle this, even though I've been in this business 36 years and went through several deaths on football teams," Tuberville added. "This is different because there's a lot of uncertainty that's still left out there.

"I think our players have done a good job considering what they've gone through. ... I learn every day. Again, there's no right or wrong way to approach this, you've just got to understand the situation and accept it because this is life, and life at its worst."

ANOTHER NOON KICKOFF: The conference announced Monday the Bulls' Oct. 12 game at Connecticut will kick off at noon and be broadcast on ESPN3. It will be the Huskies' first game since the dismissal of Coach Paul Pasqualoni, fired Monday after an 0-4 start.

ODDS AND ENDS: Taggart said senior DE Tevin Mims is questionable for the Cincinnati game after "brusing up" a leg against Miami. ... RB Marcus Shaw, who ran for 127 yards Saturday, made the AAC weekly honor roll. Shaw enters the Cincinnati game ranked 10th nationally in rushing yards per game (131.3).

[Last modified: Monday, September 30, 2013 5:51pm]


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