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Another football assistant leaves program

Another of USF’s original football assistants is leaving the football team. Defensive line coach Earl Lane, hired in 1996, accepted the same position at the University of Wisconsin on Saturday.

Lane is the second assistant to leave the team this past week, as defensive coordinator Rick Kravitz took a job with N.C. State on Monday.

With the departures of Lane and Kravitz, the football team is without a secondary coach and defensive line coach with spring practices set to start in about a month.

Former Jefferson football coach Mike Simmonds, who last week became a graduate assistant for the Bulls, was arrested for a DUI early Friday.

Simmonds was pulled over after Tampa Police noticed his 1994 Jeep failing to stay in a lane on Dale Mabry Highway. According to the arrest report, Simmonds nearly hit a fire truck and had to swerve to miss it. Simmonds, 41, who refused an alcohol blood level test, was arrested at 12:40 a.m. and released at 9:06 a.m. on a $500 bond.

– Staff Report