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May 13, 2014
South Florida strength coach who criticized 49ers resigns

The University of South Florida strength coach who criticized the 49ers for drafting former USF defensive end Aaron Lynch has resigned, the school's athletic director said in a statement.

After the 49ers selected Lynch, who was removed from at least one other team's draft board due to character concerns, USF strength and conditioning coach Hans Straub went to Twitter. "Thought an organization with 5 Super Bowl titles would have a stricter draft criteria. Clearly, integrity & character are not a priority," Straub wrote. The post has since been removed.

The 49ers took Lynch, a 6-5, 255-pound underclassman in the fifth round on the backing of the football coach Willie Taggart, who is friends with Jim Harbaugh.

"USF Athletics has high expectations for each and every student-athlete, coach and staff member," athletic director Mark Harlan said in a statement. "To that end, I have accepted the resignation of Hans Straub from the position of head strength and conditioning coach. I thank him for his contributions to USF Athletics and wish him well in his future endeavors. A national search for his replacement will begin immediately."

The university reportedly placed Straub on an "indefinite leave" after he made the comment. For more on the story and what the 49ers said after drafting Lynch, click here.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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