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USF basketball gets guard transfer

TAMPA — USF men's basketball coach Stan Heath picked up a late addition as Martino Brock, a 6-foot-5 guard who led South Alabama in scoring as a sophomore, committed Thursday to transfer to the Bulls.

Brock, who averaged 14.2 points for the Jaguars, will sit out the upcoming season, then have two years with the Bulls. He is originally from Memphis, and chose the Bulls over Missouri, Auburn, Dayton and Alabama-Birmingham.

He's expected to sign official paperwork next week, then should start classes June 27.

He will give the Bulls another versatile wing in 2012 after guard/forward Hugh Robertson graduates. Brock led South Alabama in steals (45) last season and in 3-pointers (37).

UCF case: Football player Ereck Plancher died after a preseason practice from complications of sickle cell trait, not an undetected heart problem as school attorneys have argued, a cardiologist testified during a wrongful death trial. Dr. Barry J. Maron, from the Minneapolis Heart Institute, said there is no evidence that a cardiac problem killed the 19-year-old, who collapsed March 18, 2008. Attorneys for the athletics association argue that an undetected heart problem caused Plancher's death. Attorneys for Plancher's parents say coaches pushed him excessively at the practice despite knowing about health problems that they never told him about.

Calipari loses 42 wins: Kentucky said it will change men's basketball coach John Calipari's career record because of 42 vacated victories from his time at Memphis and Massachusetts. The school said it consulted with the NCAA and determined it was "in error" to have celebrated Calipari's 500th career win against Florida on Feb. 26. He now has 467. The school had debated the issue with the NCAA because Calipari was never found to be at fault for the violations that led to the vacated wins.

North Carolina: The school released documents showing a group of football players accumulated 395 parking citations totaling $13,185 over a 3½-year period. The records don't specify which players received each violation, which ranged in penalty from $5 to $250 for parking in a fire lane or in a handicapped parking space. The university said student-athletes "are expected" to pay parking fines like any student, though it didn't say whether fines were paid.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

USF basketball gets guard transfer 06/16/11 [Last modified: Thursday, June 16, 2011 11:14pm]
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