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Taggart "ticked off" by Knox's actions



Bulls backup OL Benjamin Knox, arrested in Sunday's wee hours and charged with two firearms-related felonies, remains indefinitely suspended from all team activities, Coach Willie Taggart said Tuesday.

Knox, 21, was charged with firing multiple gunshots that hit the exterior of a campus residence hall hours after coming off the bench in the Bulls' 45-24 home victory against Syracuse. He was released Monday afternoon from Hillsborough County jail on $32,500 bond.

"To hear what happened, you’re like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me,'" Taggart said Tuesday in his first extensive public comments since the incident. "That just baffled me. You don’t understand it."

Taggart said the DeLand native faced no prior disciplinary infractions with the program. Immediately following the game, he had reiterated to his players the importance of making good decisions, and even sent a follow-up text to the team later that evening.

"I was ticked and a lot of our players were ticked off, because they got the same text and they knew about doing things the right way," said Taggart, who indicated he has not spoken to Knox since the incident.

No timetable has been set for when a final decision will be made on Knox's future with the program. He has appeared in all five games this season and still is listed on USF's roster.

"You’ve got to make good decisions," said Taggart, whose team travels to Connecticut (3-3, 1-1 American Athletic Conference) this weekend. "We’ve got a lot of guys doing things right and we’re going to focus on those guys and focus on UConn and getting better.

"We’re going to let authorities take care of their matter and what they have to do and we’ll go from there."

CATCHING SUCCESS: Sophomore Tajee Fullwood ranks second in the American and 27th nationally in punt-return average with 11.2 yards per return.

The Tampa Bay Tech alumnus, thrust into the role after Hassan Childs went down with a season-ending knee injury at the end of preseason practice, said he has been getting more comfortable with it.

"I've done it in high school so I've had a lot of experience with it," Fullwood said. " ... Before Hassan got injured, I would've never thought I was gonna be back there, but they gave me a chance and I'm doing it for the team, and I feel like I'm doing a very good job of it."

ODDS AND ENDS: Taggart said he will miss Steve Spurrier, whom he followed during his days at Florida. Spurrier, 70, resigned as coach of South Carolina on Tuesday. "That’s one of the best coaches and great offensive minds. He was a great player and he was great for our game, a great personality," Taggart said. ... The game-time temperature for Saturday's noon kickoff at Connecticut is expected to be 55 degrees with a chance of rain

AUDIBLE: "He’s a winner. Everything he touches turns to gold. That’s how it’s been and it hasn’t stopped yet." -- Taggart on Michigan coach (and longtime friend) Jim Harbaugh, who has led the No. 12 Wolverines to a 5-1 record in his first season.

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 13, 2015 5:18pm]


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