Academic Fraud? Will it Ever End?

Posted: July 22, 2016 in Academics, AVC Men's Basketball, AVC Men's BB 2016-17, NCAA
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NCAA investigating USF men’s basketball for academic fraud

Originally posted on The Comeback
By Matt Lichtenstadter  |  Last updated 7/20/16

South Florida head coach Orlando Antigua, left, and his brother, assistant coach Oliver Antigua react to a play against Connecticut in the second half at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. Cloe Poisson/Hartford Courant/TNS via Getty Images

The South Florida basketball program is under investigation for academic fraud, according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN. Assistant coach Oliver Antigua, the brother of head coach Orlando Antigua, has been told he cannot go out on the road for recruiting this month, probably in response to the investigation.

ORlando Antigua took over at South Florida before the 2014 season after spending six seasons as an assistant for John Calipari, one at Memphis and five at Kentucky. He’s also currently the head coach of the Dominican Republic’s basketball team.

Oliver Antigua, the Antigua brother under investigation, was an assistant for one season at Seton Hall before coming to USF, and spent more than a decade coaching high school basketball in the Bronx.

Antigua has not been able to change the fortunes of the Bulls, as he’s 16-47 in his two campaigns behind the bench. The Bulls were 7-24 last season, and have finished above .500 only twice in the last 13 seasons, both under Stan Heath. Their last NCAA Tournament appearance was in 2012, when they lost to the 13th seed Ohio in the Round of 32 after beating Cal in the first four and Temple as a 12 seed.

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