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Grant suspended 2 games after gesture at Rutgers



USF senior forward Porche Grant, the Bulls' leading rebounder in her last three seasons, has been suspended for two games by coach Jose Fernandez after making an obscene gesture to opposing fans in the final minute of Wednesday's loss to Rutgers.

Grant had to be separated from Rutgers players after she committed a foul with 38 seconds remaining, and was ejected after being assessed a flagrant technical foul as a result of the altercation. As Grant was escorted off the court by a Bulls assistant coach, she raised both middle fingers to Rutgers fans. Sports website picked up a video clip of the TV broadcast and posted a story on Grant's gesture on Thursday.

Grant issued an apology in a release from USF announcing her suspension, which will include Monday's Senior Night game against Georgetown. USF's release said her suspension was for "not representing the University and program in a positive manner and not adhering to the Big East conference sportsmanship policy."

 "I want to apologize to my coaches, my teammates, the University of South Florida and the Big East conference for my actions leaving the floor against Rutgers on Wednesday night," Grant said in the release. "Although the game was extremely hard-played between both USF and Rutgers and my frustration in having just fouled, this is no excuse for how I handled myself. This is not who I am as a person and I have to accept responsibilities for my actions."

USF is just 1-13 in Big East play and 10-19 overall and will miss the postseason for the first time in seven seasons. The Bulls led by 17 points in the second half at Rutgers, only to see the Scarlet Knights rally for a 52-46 victory. Grant, who redshirted last season while pregnant, ranks third on the team with 6.9 points per game and leads the team with 8.8 rebounds per game.

[Last modified: Thursday, February 24, 2011 3:39pm]


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