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USF's Taggart denies Miami QB's "dirty team" charge

USF defensive back Kenneth Durden closes in for a hit on Miami’s Artie Burns in the second quarter on Saturday. Bulls coach Willie Taggart refutes a claim this his team played dirty.

DANIEL WALLACE | Times

USF defensive back Kenneth Durden closes in for a hit on Miami’s Artie Burns in the second quarter on Saturday. Bulls coach Willie Taggart refutes a claim this his team played dirty.

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

Morris called the Bulls "a dirty team" after the Hurricanes' 49-21 victory Saturday at Raymond James Stadium. He indicated when the 'Canes were "down and tackled and everything," the Bulls defenders 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."

Speaking to media members Monday in South Florida, Morris declined to clarify his remarks but said they were made in the "heat of the moment."

Another noon kickoff: The conference announced that the Bulls' Oct. 12 game at Connecticut will kick off at noon. It will be the Huskies' first game since dismissing coach Paul Pasqualoni, fired Monday after an 0-4 start.

Odds and ends: Taggart said senior DE Tevin Mims is questionable for Saturday night's home game against Cincinnati after "bruising up" a leg against Miami. … RB Marcus Shaw, who ran for 127 yards against Miami, made the American weekly honor roll. Shaw is ranked 10th nationally in rushing yards per game (131.3).

FSU: Winston honor

TALLAHASSEE — QB Jameis Winston was named the ACC offensive player of the week. The redshirt freshman threw for 330 yards and four touchdowns in Saturday's 48-34 win at Boston College.

Times wires

UCF: Lessons learned

ORLANDO — For UCF to move past Saturday's 28-25 loss to No. 13 South Carolina, the Knights first had to digest what had gone wrong in a game they seemed close to winning.

The final conclusion was that missed opportunities and inexperience caught up with UCF. For a relatively young team fighting for respect but still growing, the loss was a lesson well learned.

"I went over it Sunday night with them in all areas — offense, defense and special teams — and how everybody had a piece of that loss," coach George O'Leary said. "It wasn't one side, it wasn't because of the picks, it wasn't because of missed tackles. It was because, ultimately, all three areas had a chance to make a play and at some time or another, we didn't make the play."

O'Leary said he met with QB Blake Bortles to encourage more leadership from the junior when the team and the offense needs it most. Senior G Justin McCray and junior S Clayton Geathers spoke Monday about the areas in which their respective units failed against South Carolina and how to correct it.

The Knights open American Athletic Conference play Saturday at Memphis.

Orlando Sentinel

UM: RB dilemma

CORAL GABLES — Miami coach Al Golden said most Hurricanes made it out of Saturday's game relatively healthy.

One player Golden was concerned with was RB Eduardo Clements.

Clements, who is Miami's third leading rusher with 17 carries for 98 yards, is dealing with a hamstring injury, and Golden said freshman Walter Tucker is now Miami's reserve fullback. Golden had said earlier he'd hoped to redshirt Tucker.

Sun Sentinel

USF's Taggart denies Miami QB's "dirty team" charge 09/30/13 [Last modified: Monday, September 30, 2013 10:17pm]

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