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NCAA report: USF coach gave improper benefits to two recruits

Former USF men's basketball coach Orlando Antigua (center) was dismissed Jan. 3. His brother Oliver (right of Orlando) resigned amid an NCAA investigation last July.

OCTAVIO JONES | Times

Former USF men's basketball coach Orlando Antigua (center) was dismissed Jan. 3. His brother Oliver (right of Orlando) resigned amid an NCAA investigation last July.

Former USF men's basketball assistant Oliver Antigua provided impermissible benefits, including lodging at his own home, for two prospective student-athletes while they received on-campus tutoring, according to findings reported to the school by the NCAA.

The NCAA's Summary Disposition Report was released Thursday morning to the Tampa Bay Times following a public-records request.

It indicates Antigua, who resigned last July, provided the benefits (not totaling more than $511) while the recruits were being tutored at USF's College of Medicine by the sister-in-law of Gerald Gillion, then special assistant to former coach Orlando Antigua.

Additionally, Oliver Antigua initially provided false information to investigators before coming clean, the report says.

USF already has self-imposed three penalties: a $5,000 fine, withholding a coach from off-campus recruiting for 50 days (Oliver Antigua) and a reduction from 13 to 12 scholarships (last season). Whether the NCAA levels further penalties remains to be seen.

Oliver Antigua resigned last July, roughly four months before Gillion did the same. Orlando Antigua, who was dismissed Jan. 3, was not implicated in any of the NCAA findings. He's now an assistant at Illinois.

The paperwork also indicates USF cooperated fully with the investigation and didn't engage in any behavior that would constitute academic fraud.

A statement released by the school Thursday morning says: "The University of South Florida and the NCAA continue to work together to resolve the inquiry into violations of NCAA bylaws and university standards by a USF intercollegiate athletic program. USF anticipates having a final resolution with the NCAA sometime this fall. Until the process concludes and the matter is fully resolved, USF cannot provide further comment.

In a separate document, the school --  citing several past-case precedents -- indicates it believes the infractions constitute a Level II-Mitigated violation, the lowest possible "major" infraction of which an institution can be found guilty.

Still, the NCAA Committee on Infractions could determine a more serious (Level I) violation occurred because it "involved unethical or dishonest conduct, which seriously undermined or threatened the integrity of the NCAA Collegiate Model."

A stipulation in new coach Brian Gregory's six-year contract would extend that deal by a year if the program is hit with NCAA penalties for infractions committed before his arrival.

If no further penalties are added to the ones USF already has self-imposed, it's unclear whether that stipulation would take effect because none of the school's self-imposed penalties appear to represent a future competitive disadvantage.

 

[Last modified: Friday, May 26, 2017 10:50am]

    

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