Five potential replacements for Orlando Antigua
Now that the Orlando Antigua era has come to a merciful end, expect the routine flurry of speculation over whom will be hired as the 10th men's basketball coach in USF history. Here are a few names to ponder, based on what we're hearing (and some educated guessing):
David Grace, UCLA assistant
We've been told Grace, an Air Force veteran who traveled an improbable path to Division I coaching, covets the Bulls job. A familiarity with USF athletic director Mark Harlan helps; Grace joined the Bruins staff in 2013, the year before Harlan arrived in Tampa.
Richard Pitino, Minnesota coach
Rick's son has wanted this job badly in the past, and has some prominent bay area connections, we're told. Thing is, the Gophers (13-2) are having a breakthrough season and are on the cusp of being ranked. If the success persists, why bolt from a Big Ten job?
Anthony Grant, Oklahoma City Thunder assistant
A Miami native and veteran Billy Donovan lieutenant (at Florida and in the NBA), Grant compiled a 193-110 record and three NCAA Tournament berths in nine total seasons as coach at VCU and Alabama. His state connections and sleek style of play presumably makes him a strong candidate.
Murry Bartow, USF assistant
If Bartow can orchestrate a nice run the rest of the season as interim coach, why wouldn't he garner some consideration? In 18 seasons as a coach (at UAB and East Tennessee State), Bartow compiled a 327-248 record and earned four NCAA berths.
Stan Jones, FSU assistant
A staffer for Leonard Hamilton at both FSU and Miami (and briefly with the Washington Wizards), Jones' in-state connections match up with any candidate the Bulls can muster. For a program with one local scholarship player (Troy Holston Jr.) on its roster, that attribute can't be overstated.