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Bulls RB practicing again after his arrest

By KEITH NIEBUHR
Published March 27, 2004

TAMPA - USF football standout Brian Fisher returned to practice Friday, four days after being arrested on an outstanding warrant for delinquent child support payments.

Fisher, 21, was arrested Monday on a civil pickup order and transported to the Hillsborough County Jail where he was booked and released after posting $570. He was wanted by officials in Escambia County, where he went to high school.

Tinaisha Finley, an office assistant with the Escambia County Clerk of the Court, confirmed Fisher owes more than $17,000 to two women. Shacondra Primm, who gave birth to Deaveon Fisher Primm on Jan.30, 2001, is owed $11,742.75. Sarida McWilliams, who gave birth to Khazyren McWilliams on Dec.10, 2001, is owed $5,744.

Fisher was ordered last fall to make weekly payments to Primm (Oct.24) of $80 and McWilliams (Sept.4) of $55.

USF's Code of Conduct policy requires student-athletes to notify the coach and associate athletic director Steve Horton within 24 hours of an arrest or face possible suspension from competition. Bulls coach Jim Leavitt declined to say Friday whether Fisher notified him of the arrest within 24 hours. A message at Horton's work number said he was out of the office until Monday.

Fisher appears to have another legal issue.

According to a Hillsborough County Clerk of the Court employee, Lynn Ryder, he was cited Feb. 21 for knowingly driving with a suspended license, a criminal charge for which there is an outstanding warrant.

Fisher could not be reached for comment.

MORE FOOTBALL: The NCAA gave Katie Hnida, the first woman in a Division I-A game, an extra season of eligibility at New Mexico for a medical waiver. This year, Hnida said she was raped by a teammate and harassed by other players while a walk-on at Colorado in 2000. ... Wisconsin running back Dwayne Smith will stand trial on charges he raped a 19-year-old woman in a campus area apartment, Dane County Circuit Judge John Albert ruled.

BASEBALL: Matt LaPorta's three-run home run sparked a four-run seventh inning for visiting UF in an 8-4 win over Kentucky. ... Daniel Bard allowed three hits over six shutout innings to lead North Carolina past visiting FSU 10-4. ... Mike Macaluso and Devin Ivany had four hits apiece for South Florida in a 16-7 win over visiting Southern Miss. ... Rollins defeated host Eckerd 6-3 in 13 innings. The Tritons tied it with two runs in the eighth.

SWIMMING: Ian Crocker of Texas set a short-course world record in the 100-meter butterfly at the NCAA men's championships in East Meadow, N.Y., winning in 49.07 seconds. He broke the mark of 50.02 set by Cavic Milorad. Peter Marshall of Stanford lowered the world record in the 100 backstroke to 50.32 (beating Thomas Ruuprath's 50.58) and Florida's Ryan Lochte set an NCAA mark of 4:04.52 in the 400 individual medley.

TENNIS: The UF women (14-0) beat visiting Georgia 6-1 to extend their winning streak to 31 matches. The UF men lost to Georgia 4-3.

TRACK: Dayana Octavien of USF won the women's discus with a throw of 177-7 inches at the Florida Relays in Gainesville. UF winners were Kerron Clement (400 hurdles), Rickey Harris (500) and the 4x1,500 relay team.

WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Krissy Wendell had three goals and an assist to lead Minnesota past Dartmouth 5-1, and Harvard beat St. Lawrence 2-1 in the NCAA semifinals in Providence, R.I. The title game is Sunday.

SOFTBALL: Junior pitcher Jamie Elam set a school record with 16 strikeouts to lead host Rollins past Eckerd 5-0 in a Sunshine State Conference game.

- Times correspondent Grace Agostin contributed to this report, which used information from Times wires.

[Last modified March 27, 2004, 02:10:29]


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