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Early-season suspension to sideline USF's McMurray

USF sophomore Jahmal McMurray led the Bulls in scoring (15.2 ppg) and assists (2.5 apg) last season.

ZACK WITTMAN | Times

USF sophomore Jahmal McMurray led the Bulls in scoring (15.2 ppg) and assists (2.5 apg) last season.

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USF sophomore PG Jahmal McMurray, the team's top returning scorer, will miss the first six games for an undisclosed violation, Coach Orlando Antigua confirmed Monday afternoon.

"Jahmal will continue to practice with the team, and if he meets all of my expectations, will return to competition Dec. 3 (at George Washington)," Antigua said in a statement released by USF.

As it stands, McMurray will miss a half-dozen non-conference games, none against a Power Five opponent. The news perpetuates an abysmal seven-month stretch for the Bulls, trying to rebound from an 8-25 season.

PF Chris Perry and PG Roddy Peters were dismissed this past spring for repeated violations of school policy. Assistant Oliver Antigua -- Orlando Antigua's younger brother -- resigned in July amid an NCAA probe into possible academic-related violations in the program.

And two of the Bulls' top incoming freshmen, four-star PF Troy Baxter (now at UNLV) and PG Andres Feliz, no longer are with the team.

McMurray, often the Bulls' only steady offensive option last season, averaged 15.2 points, 2.5 assists and 35.2 minutes -- all team-bests. He made the American Athletic Conference All-Rookie team and was a second-team pick on the 2016-17 preseason All-AAC team released last week. 

McMurray did not accompany Orlando Antigua to the league's preseason media day in Philadelphia last week. The Bulls open the season with a home exhibition against Nova Southeastern next Monday.

[Last modified: Monday, October 31, 2016 2:26pm]

    

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