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USF dismisses arrested safety Hassan Childs from program

Published Mar. 29, 2017

USF senior safety Hassan Childs, arrested Monday for his part in a suspected road-rage incident, is no longer part of the Bulls program, first-year coach Charlie Strong announced Tuesday.

Childs, 22, was shot after twice pointing a gun at a car carrying a family of three late Saturday night near campus, Tampa police said. It's unclear if he remained hospitalized Tuesday, but Strong said a full recovery is expected.

"I had a chance to speak with him," Strong said. "They all want to continue and go play, and he was a senior, but he totally understood."

Childs has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault and a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession. The Hillsborough State Attorney's Office is determining whether charges will be brought against the shooter, 26-year-old Jovanni Jimenez.

Strong said he met with the team Sunday and addressed the incident involving Childs. The Bulls resumed practice Tuesday morning.

"When you look at this university and how great an institution it is, and the football program, it is a privilege to represent this program," Strong said. "And there are standards and there are values that we uphold, and our players understand it is an obligation and it is a responsibility to represent it the right way."

USF's Zeigler to transfer

TAMPA — USF forward Bo Zeigler, a Stan Heath signee who just finished his redshirt junior season, announced he has been granted his release and intends to play elsewhere as a graduate transfer.

Zeigler said he's set to graduate May 6. He becomes the fourth scholarship player to exit since the end of last season, though 7-foot senior Ruben Guerrero also is expected to seek his release.

The others who have departed: top scorer Geno Thorpe, forward Malik Fitts and power forward Luis Santos. If Guerrero departs, that would leave new coach Brian Gregory with five scholarship players, for now.

Zeigler, a part-time starter in his career, averaged 4.7 points and 3.5 rebounds this past season. Arguably the team's most athletic player (41-inch vertical leap), he was ranked the nation's No. 22 small forward by ESPN coming out of Detroit Community School.

ALL-AMERICA: Kansas senior guard Frank Mason III was the only unanimous selection to the AP All-America team. He was joined by guards Josh Hart of Villanova and Lonzo Ball of UCLA and forwards Caleb Swanigan of Purdue and Justin Jackson of North Carolina.

LEAVING EARLY: North Carolina State freshman point guard Dennis Smith declared for the NBA draft. Smith is a potential top-five pick. … Duke forward Harry Giles is entering the draft after a freshman season that was slowed by knee surgery. Giles is considered a likely lottery pick. … Xavier sophomore point guard Edmond Sumner announced that he's entering the draft even though he's still recovering from a significant knee injury.

MORE BASKETBALL: Longtime Akron coach Keith Dambrot is headed to Duquesne. Dambrot went 305-139 in 13 seasons at Akron and earned three NCAA Tournament bids. … UConn freshman swingman Vance Jackson said he plans to transfer, the second player in a week to leave Kevin Ollie's program. … Duke backup forward Sean Obi is transferring after the semester ends. … Baylor junior guard Al Freeman plans to transfer after graduating at the end of the semester.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.


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