USF coach Charlie Strong meets with Florida judge who blasted him in court

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Gabrielle McMillen, Sporting News | Source, MSN

USF football coach Charlie Strong met Wednesday with the South Florida judge who blasted him, and the meeting went “very well.”

Judge Margaret Taylor made headlines last week for her harsh criticism of Strong and the South Florida football program and said she was “ashamed” to be an alum of the school.

The pair met for about 10 minutes on Tuesday, and Chief Judge Ron Ficarrotta said the two reached an understanding, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

“I think Coach Strong was able to educate Judge Taylor on some of the issues,” said Ficarrotta, the chief judge of Hillsborough County’s 13th Judicial Circuit. “It went very well.”

According to Ficarrotta, he arranged the meeting between Strong and Taylor to clear the air, although it was Taylor who reached out to Strong.

“Very good meeting on both sides,” said Brian Siegrist, associate director for communication for USF athletics. “And they both left with a good understanding.

“I know he appreciated the judge reaching out to him.”

Taylor was presiding over a court case involving Bulls defensive end LaDarrius Jackson when she made the harsh comments. Jackson has been accused of sexual assault and false imprisonment, both of which are felonies.

He is the second USF player in the span of two months to be accused of a violent crime, which prompted the brutal criticism from Taylor.

After Taylor’s condemnation of Strong went viral, she removed herself from Jackson’s case.

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