Canty reneges on USF commitment, bound for Auburn
The presumed betrothal of PG Kareem Canty to USF turned out to be a mere flirtation.
The Marshall transfer, who joined the Bulls last month after reneging on a previous commitment to Auburn, has re-pledged to the Tigers. As a transfer, he'll have to sit out the 2014-15 season and will have three years' eligibility remaining.
"My heart was in Auburn and I just couldn't turn down playing for Coach (Bruce) Pearl in the SEC," Canty told ESPN's Jeff Goodman on Tuesday night.
Bulls coach Orlando Antigua, approached after speaking at a Rotary Club of Clearwater function Wednesday afternoon, declined comment. Canty had signed financial-aid paperwork with USF but hadn't yet attended any classes, allowing him to move to AU without penalty.
As a result, USF now has a scholarship opening for the upcoming season. Shortly after announcing Canty's arrival, the Bulls confirmed the transfer of Maryland PG Roddy Peters, who also must sit out the 2014-15 season. Whether Peters' arrival influenced Canty's decision to bolt is unclear.