Heath's promise: 'We've done nothing wrong'

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Shortly after his team's 61-54 loss Saturday to No. 19 Cincinnati, USF coach Stan Heath said he's confident a review into the eligibility of one of his players will reveal no wrongdoing.

USF acknowledged Friday it's looking into allegations leveled against Heath's program, presumably from the dad of former USF signee Drew Davis, a non-qualifier now attending prep school in Columbus, Ga.

Linzy Davis told the Tampa Bay Times he has been in steady contact with the NCAA about USF's recruiting of 6-foot-10 freshman John Egbunu, who started Saturday. Linzy Davis, Egbunu's former Georgia-based AAU coach, says Egbunu's Nigerian age documents and school transcripts were falsified.

USF hasn't specified the player under review.

"I'm very confident" in exoneration," Heath said Saturday. "I can't talk specifically, but I'm aware there's a review that's being initiated, and we'll cooperate with the review totally.

"But I'm very confident he was cleared with his initial eligibility by the NCAA, and we haven't done anything wrong. I can promise you that, we've done nothing wrong."

Egbunu, whom Linzy Davis said lived with his family roughly two years, and Drew Davis signed in November 2012. USF said in a statement Friday it has asked for the NCAA's assistance in the matter, but has received no letter of inquiry from the NCAA.

"The student-athlete was completely certified and cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center prior to enrolling," USF's statement said.

[Last modified: Saturday, January 18, 2014 11:08pm]

    

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