Teague seeks USF return after prep school
Center Gene Teague, who signed with USF this spring but failed to meet NCAA initial eligibility requirements, intends to spend this year at a prep school with the hopes of returning to USF in 2009, his father said Monday.
Teague, who attended summer classes at USF and worked out with his would-be teammates, thought he had the necessary combination of grade-point average and entrance-exam scores. His father, Eugene Teague Sr., said Monday that one course -- a religion class he took at St. Augustine Prep in New Jersey -- was unexpectedly flagged as not counting as one of 16 classes that count toward an athlete's core GPA.
"That just hit us over the head," Teague Sr. said. "It caught everybody off guard. It's a setback, but we'll have to rise above it."
Teague said his son is in the process of choosing a prep school he can attend for the next year, allowing him to improve his SAT score to meet the NCAA's requirements. USF remains in communication with Teague, who would have his full eligibility remaining if he rejoined the Bulls.
"Coach (Stan Heath) said he has a scholarship for him if he gets cleared," Teague Sr.
Teague is the third signee from the incoming class lost to academic problems, joining point guard Dwan McMillan -- who could also return next season -- and forward Teeng Akol, who has since committed to Oklahoma State. Heath currently has four scholarships available for the upcoming recruiting class, in addition to 2009 commitments from guards Shaun Noriega and Jordan Dumars.