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Web site claims USF Bulls basketball team committed multiple NCAA infractions

TAMPA — A report from AOL sports Web site Fanhouse.com alleges multiple NCAA violations from USF's men's basketball program, most of them involving Terrelle Woody, the team's video and conditioning assistant and a longtime friend and trainer of Bulls forward Gus Gilchrist.

The Fanhouse report claims Woody provided improper transportation to Gilchrist, including driving him home to Maryland after the spring semester, and that Woody oversaw "open gym" workouts with USF players, provided coaching beyond what is allowed by a noncoaching staff member, and reported to coach Stan Heath which players participated in the workouts and how they performed.

The report also claims Heath and assistant Jeremy Cox watched a practice with nine USF players using basketballs in August, something the NCAA doesn't allow until mid September.

Heath either denied to Fanhouse the claims made in its report or said he had no knowledge of them.

The report also claims that former USF guards Jesus Verdejo and Gaby Belardo had $7,760 in property stolen from their apartment and that current USF players may have been involved. A criminal report was filed in April, according to Fanhouse, but no charges were filed.

Heath, who was in South Carolina on Wednesday preparing for his team's game against Davidson tonight, did not return a message seeking comment on Fanhouse's report Wednesday night. USF's athletic department also declined to comment.

Web site claims USF Bulls basketball team committed multiple NCAA infractions 11/18/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 11:20pm]
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