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USF basketball fills coaching staff positions

TAMPA — As expected, new USF basketball coach Orlando Antigua has filled two of his staff openings, hiring younger brother Oliver and 17-year NBA veteran Rod Strickland as assistants.

The hirings were formally announced by the school Monday evening. Jerry McCullough, a New York City prep coach and former teammate of Orlando Antigua's at Pitt, was named director of basketball operations.

The hirings leave Orlando Antigua with one more assistant vacancy on his staff.

Oliver Antigua, who spent last season as a Seton Hall assistant, coincidentally spent the 2012-13 season on Steve Masiello's staff at Manhattan. Masiello was USF's first choice for its coaching job before inaccuracies were discovered in his resume.

Strickland, a two-time All-American guard at DePaul in the '80s, spent the past five seasons as a special assistant to John Calipari at Kentucky, where Orlando Antigua most recently served as an assistant.

Leaving for draft: Guard Gary Harris, who led Michigan State in scoring and was the Big Ten freshman of the year, is leaving for the NBA draft.

Duke: Jabari Parker says he plans to "set up an appointment" with coach Mike Krzyzew­ski today and will decide Wednesday whether to declare for the draft or return for his sophomore year. The 6-foot-8 guard/forward was in Oklahoma City to accept the Wayman Tisdale Award as the nation's top freshman player.

Kentucky: Center Willie Cauley-Stein, projected as a first-round pick in the draft, will return for his junior season, saying he wants to move closer to earning his degree and get the team back to the Final Four.

Football: Clemson axes Jim Kelly's nephew

CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson's Chad Kelly was dismissed from the team, two days after the sophomore quarterback was benched for the second half of the spring game for arguing with coaches.

The nephew of Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly was ousted for conduct detrimental to the program, coach Dabo Swinney said in a statement: "He has had a pattern of behavior that is not consistent with the values of our program. I hope he will mature and grow … and become the man and player I know he can be."

Kelly argued with coaches at halftime and was benched for the second half, which he spent fuming on the sideline, the Charleston, S.C., Post and Courier reported. "You're not going to have guys crossing a line with the coaches just because they're frustrated," Swinney said Saturday. "He got frustrated and reacted the way your leader can't react."

Kelly was expected to compete with Cole Stoudt and Deshaun Watson to replace Tajh Boyd as the starter. Kelly was a top recruit out of Buffalo, N.Y., choosing the Tigers over Alabama, Florida State, Michigan State and Purdue.

Miami investigation: An attorney who assisted the NCAA during its probe of Miami athletics is facing charges from the Florida Bar, which alleges a wide range of ethics violations occurred during that investigation. Maria Elena Perez could face probation, a public reprimand, suspension or even disbarment. The complaint only asks Florida's Supreme Court that she be "appropriately sanctioned." Perez, a Miami graduate, declined comment. The Bar has been investigating for at least a year to see if, among other things, she acted unethically in taking money from the NCAA. Perez represented Nevin Shapiro, the convicted Ponzi scheme architect and former Hurricanes booster who was at the center of the NCAA probe.

Golf: Saint Leo freshman Marie Coors stayed atop the leaderboard after the second round of the Sunshine State Conference championships in Dade City. She shot 3-over 75 after an opening-round 66 and had a three-shot lead at 3-under 141 heading into today's final round. On the men's side, Saint Leo freshman Joey Savoie shot 3-under 69 for 3-under 141, one shot behind leader Adam Svensson (70) of Barry.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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