In the last three years, the South Florida football program has finally started to make a name for itself in the world of college football. They finished 9-4 in both 2006 and 2007 before going 8-5 last season, and are looking to break into the BCS with a Big East Conference title this year. Of course, you can’t be considered a big-time college football program until you start getting mentioned in the much heralded Fulmer Cup.
Which is why South Florida tight end Trent Pupello should probably be named a captain this season. He knows that the Bulls needed somebody to step up and get the program some recognition, and that he was just the man to get the job done. That’s why he started pistol-whipping everybody in sight during a fight at a bar a few weeks back.
Tampa police say 21-year-old Trent Pupello pistol-whipped three people at Channelside on Apr. 12, fracturing one person’s left orbital socket.
Pupello, a Jefferson High graduate and a USF junior this fall, was charged with three counts of aggravated battery with a firearm and one count each of aggravated assault with a firearm and discharging a firearm in public.
His bail was set at $25,000. He has since been released from jail.
Later in the story they say that Pupello went to his car to retrieve his gun on April 10th, so either Pupello walked really slowly or the paper got the dates mixed up. Either way, after getting his gun he began firing into the air and then started his pistol-whipping barrage.
Pupello wasn’t going to play for South Florida this season because of a lingering neck issue stemming from a car accident and some academic problems. His coach Jim Leavitt said he was unaware of Pupello’s arrest, but that if the charges are true, “we would never allow anyone that is involved in behavior of that nature to be a part of the USF football program.”
This isn’t the first time the Pupello family has had a run-in with the law, either. Trent’s older brother Joe shot two people back in 2007, but no charges were filed after it was ruled he acted in self defense.
Of course, the biggest crime in all of this is that even after accruing an astonishing 17 points all by himself in the Fulmer Cup, the Bulls still aren’t eligible to win because Pupello is the only player on the team to have committed a crime so far. So somebody in that locker room is going to have to step up if the Bulls are going to take the competition down.