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UPDATED: Bulls assistant resigns in wake of probe

USF men's basketball coach Orlando Antigua (center, hands out) and his brother Oliver (left) during a game at the Sun Dome last November.

OCTAVIO JONES | Times

USF men's basketball coach Orlando Antigua (center, hands out) and his brother Oliver (left) during a game at the Sun Dome last November.

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USF men's basketball assistant Oliver Antigua, younger brother of Coach Orlando Antigua, has resigned in the wake of a report that the Bulls are under NCAA investigation for academic fraud.

ESPN, citing "multiple" unnamed sources, first reported the news of the probe early Wednesday afternoon. According to the report, Oliver Antigua hadn't been permitted to go on the road recruiting this month.

Wednesday marked the beginning of the summer's last five-day evaluation period.

Other departures could follow, the Tampa Bay Times has learned. The investigation is believed to involve players on the current roster.

"The University of South Florida and the NCAA enforcement staff are working together to investigate and resolve an inquiry into potential violations of NCAA bylaws and university standards by one of our intercollegiate athletic programs," the school said in a statement.

"Because the University of South Florida is committed to protecting the integrity of the investigation and ensuring those involved receive fair treatment, we cannot provide any details about the investigation at this time."

Oliver Antigua, a 40-year-old former Seton Hall and Manhattan assistant, arrived with his brother to USF in April 2014. Before that, he spent a decade as coach at St. Raymond High -- he and his brother's alma mater -- in the Bronx.

In Orlando Antigua's two seasons, USF is 17-48. In February, Bulls athletic director Mark Harlan, while acknowledging the obstacles and attrition faced by Antigua's staff, said the men's basketball record must improve going forward.

The timing is especially bad considering USF's pursuit of membership in the Big 12, whose board voted unanimously Tuesday to allow Commissioner Bob Bowlsby to explore expansion candidates.

When discussing possible criteria in the selection process, board chairman Dr. David Boren said, among other things, "we're very much looking at the reputations of these institutions for integrity."

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 3:29pm]

    

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