Doug Marrone wasn’t lying … the Jaguars head coach WAS arrested back in 1997 for the same thing Leonard Fournette got busted for last week!!
TMZ Sports has obtained police docs from June 20, 1997 … when Marrone — a Georgia Tech assistant at the time — was popped for doing 57 MPH in a 35 in Daytona Beach Shores, Florida.
According to the docs … Marrone was pulled over at 11:59 AM in a 1997 Buick with fellow GT assistant coach Lance Thompson riding shotgun.
Cops say when they checked Doug’s record … they found he had a suspended license stemming from a previously unpaid ticket — and they slapped the cuffs on him.
Turns out … Marrone needed his boss — legendary college football coach George O’Leary — to get him out of jail … ’cause cops say O’Leary paid Marrone’s $100 bond!!!
Of course, Marrone’s star running back suffered a similar fate last Thursday when Fournette was pulled over at a car wash and arrested for driving on a suspended license.
Marrone announced to reporters Tuesday Fournette wouldn’t be punished for the incident … saying he knows firsthand it ain’t exactly the biggest deal.
By the way, Doug also wasn’t kiddin’ when he said it hurt being put in cuffs back then … ’cause cops say he tipped the scales at 6’5″, 305 pounds!!
Oh, and cops also say he had a tattoo of a rose on his upper back.