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Heath firing: What will fallout be?



The long-term ramifications of Stan Heath's dismissal as USF men's basketball coach won't be known immediately, but few doubt Friday's news will impact the projected 2014-15 roster.

Question is, will it be trimmed or gutted?

Widespread presumption is, freshman PG Josh Heath won't remain at a school that fired his father. When reached Friday by the Tampa Bay Times, the elder Heath said he hasn't yet spoken with his son about his future.

"Obviously I want him to be happy and have him have a big voice in whatever he does, so at some point in time we'll talk," Stan Heath said. "He's not ready to do anything so I'm not going to push him on that." 

Whether any of USF's other rookies also contemplete leaving is anyone's guess. Any freshman who opts to transfer to another Division I program would have to sit out a year unless granted a waiver from the NCAA.

Elsewhere, incoming SG Troy Holston, an early signee from Oldsmar Christian, was "definitely disappointed" by Friday's developments, Eagles coach Jordan Fair said. Fair added Holston would have no further comment until getting more information.

Depending on whom USF hires to replace Heath, Holston could opt to fulfill his commitment, or seek a release from his letter of intent. If he and the school mutually agreed to a release from his scholarship, he could transfer elsewhere and be eligible immediately.

Heath was expecting at least one other signee, Faith Baptist SG Dinero Mercurius, in next month's early signing period. On Friday, Eagles coach Kenny Gillion said Mercurius will be patient and allow the process to play out.

"It's too early to make any rash decisions," Gillion said.

[Last modified: Friday, March 14, 2014 8:01pm]


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