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USF football star is object of 2 warrants

Brian Fisher is named in cases stemming from delinquent child support.

PETE YOUNG
Published June 9, 2004

South Florida standout Brian Fisher has warrants for his arrest in Escambia and Hillsborough counties, both stemming from delinquent child support to two women.

However, South Florida coach Jim Leavitt said Fisher is working to pay his obligations and as a result might redshirt this season.

"I know he's working (a job). I know he's trying to work to resolve his responsibilities," Leavitt said. "If he can't get it all done, we'll redshirt him this fall to give him more time to get things in order."

Fisher has a warrant from Escambia County for failure to pay child support and from Hillsborough County for failure to appear at a May 10 arraignment for a driver's license citation. Fisher was arrested twice in March for having a suspended license due to delinquent child support.

"It's the same old thing," Leavitt said. "He's got to figure out how he's going to do all that financially with the child support. We can't help him with that. I know he's a little frustrated. He needs to go to summer school for his (football) eligibility, but he has to work a job to pay off his child support."

Fisher, 21, owes two women a total of about $18,000 in Escambia County, where he starred for Pine Forest High. According to county records, he is more than $5,000 behind in paying that $18,000. Records show he made his only payment, of $500, to Shacondra Primm after he was arrested in March. The current warrant was issued because he has not paid a cash purge to Sarida McWilliams.

Fisher's mother, Doniel Fisher, had said in March the $750 purge to McWilliams would be taken care of. Tuesday she said she was unclear about the current circumstances surrounding her son.

"This is news to me, it really is," Doniel Fisher said. "I will be calling him. I really don't know (what is going on). I asked him if everything was taken care of and he said it was."

Despite legal woes and missing much of spring practice, Fisher, who will be a senior this fall, has emerged as USF's No. 1 running back, gaining 95 yards on 14 carries in the spring game. He played multiple positions last season and was named USF's offensive MVP. Fisher lettered as a freshman in 2001 and has a redshirt year available.

GATOR DEPARTS: Florida linebacker Howard Lingard has decided to leave the team. The sophomore reserve from Oviedo was granted his release from his scholarship by coach Ron Zook. Lingard saw action in nine games last season and had a career-high four tackles against FAMU.

- Times staff writer Antonya English contributed to this report.

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