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South Florida's Charlie Strong, judge have 'very good meeting'

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Charlie Strong has met with the county judge who last week made scathing references to the South Florida coach, questioning whether he had control over his team.

Strong and Judge Margaret Taylor met for 10 minutes on Tuesday, and the coach "was able to educate Judge Taylor on some of the issues," Chief Judge Ron Ficarrotta told the Tampa Bay Times.

Ficarrotta said he brokered the meeting over coffee with the former Texas and Louisville coach.

"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 in Tampa, Florida. "It went very well."

Strong toured the courthouse with Ficarrotta before the meeting, according to the Times' report, which indicated that neither Strong nor Taylor was able to be reached for comment. 

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

Strong also met with fans and sat in on a drug court session.

"I know he appreciated the judge reaching out to him," Siegrist said.

The judge's comments became a flash point during a hearing last week for former USF defensive end LaDarrius Jackson.

Jackson appeared at a hearing on a sexual battery and false imprisonment charge after an incident on May 1. At that appearance, Taylor said she was ashamed to be a USF alumna and added: "Coach Strong, if you are listening, in the last couple of months there have been two arrests of your players for very violent felonies. This court, and I'm sure I'm not alone, questions whether you have control over your players. It's fairly clear you do not have control of them off the field, and I guess only time will tell whether you have control over them on the field.

"I would implore you to think long and hard about whether being head coach at USF is a good fit for you before any other members of this community have to suffer at the hands of one of your players."

Taylor has since recused herself from the case. Strong issued a statement afterward, saying, "In the short time I have been here, our program has been built on character, discipline and family."

Jackson was dismissed from the team after his first arrest.

On Wednesday, he was arrested for the second time this month after another sexual assault accusation.

Jackson was charged with sexual battery and false imprisonment by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, stemming from an incident in March.

Information from ESPN's Andrea Adelson was used in this report.

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