Teague is third signee lost to academics
USF men's basketball coach Stan Heath has lost a third incoming recruit due to academic problems, as the school announced Friday that center Gene Teague has failed to meet the NCAA's minimum requirements for initial eligibility and will not be attending USF.
"We are disappointed that Gene will not be a part of our program," Heath said in a statement. "He was admitted conditionally this summer and would have been fully admitted had he been able to reach the NCAA's standards. We will assist him in finding a situation that is best for him and wish him the very best in his future endeavours."
Teague is the third recruit Heath has lost due to academic problems this summer, following point guard Dwan McMillan and forward Teeng Akol. Instead of an incoming class of eight players, USF now has five, and forward/center Gus Gilchrist will need an NCAA hardship waiver to be eligible this season. The loss of Akol and Teague means the Bulls are likely to again be thin in the frontcourt, a problem in Big East play last season that Heath had made a priority in his recruiting efforts.
Akol was released last month and has since committed to play for Oklahoma State; McMillan said Friday that he will visit Miami-Dade College next week and may attend classes there this year. McMillan said he talked with Heath on Tuesday and was told a scholarship would be waiting for him in 2009.
"He said once I clear, my scholarship is there for '09. I'm still a Bull," McMillan said. "They're still my No. 1 choice, and I want to play basketball there. I'm going to clear, but too late to play there this season."