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USF basketball loses another to academics

TAMPA — USF men's basketball coach Stan Heath has lost a third signee due to academic problems, as the school announced Friday that center Gene Teague failed to meet the NCAA's minimum requirements for initial eligibility.

"We are disappointed that Gene will not be a part of our program," Heath said in a statement. "He was admitted conditionally this summer and would have been fully admitted had he been able to reach the NCAA's standards. We will assist him in finding a situation that is best for him and wish him the very best in his future endeavours."

Teague from Vineland, N.J., joins point guard Dwan McMillan and forward Teeng Akol as Bulls signees lost, and forward/center Gus Gilchrist will need an NCAA hardship waiver to be eligible this season. The loss of Akol and Teague means the Bulls are likely to again be thin in the frontcourt, a problem in Big East play last season that Heath had made a priority in his recruiting efforts.

Akol was released last month and has since committed to play for Oklahoma State; McMillan said he will visit Miami-Dade College next week and may attend there this year.

USF basketball loses another to academics 08/15/08 [Last modified: Friday, August 15, 2008 10:32pm]
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