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Josh Heath leaving USF



Sixteen days after he was dismissed as USF men's basketball coach, Stan Heath announced his son also is leaving the program.

Freshman PG Josh Heath, a former Tampa Prep standout who was starting by season's end, has been granted his release from USF and is exploring his transfer options.

Heath will be immediately eligible at his future school, his dad said. NCAA rules require players transferring within Division I to sit out a year, but Stan Heath said waivers previously have been approved for kids whose dads lost their coaching jobs.

Among Heath's possible options: Georgia Tech, Providence, Georgetown and Georgia State.

Initially expected to redshirt, Heath was thrust into action when junior PG Anthony Collins was sidelined by lingering complications from offseason knee surgery. In 17 games, Heath (2.6 ppg) totaled 62 assists and 27 turnovers, a plus-2.3 ratio.

Had he played in enough games to qualify, the ratio would've ranked third in the American Athletic Conference.

Whether Josh Heath's departure represents a beginning or end to the Bulls' offseason exodus remains uncertain. USF still is seeking a replacement for Stan Heath after negotiations with two candidates -- Manhattan's Steve Masiello and UNLV's Dave Rice -- reportedly fell through.

[Last modified: Sunday, March 30, 2014 3:49pm]


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