TAMPA — USF sophomore point guard Jahmal McMurray, the team's top returning scorer, will miss the first six games for an undisclosed violation, coach Orlando Antigua confirmed Monday afternoon.
"Jahmal will continue to practice with the team, and if he meets all of my expectations, will return to competition Dec. 3" at George Washington, Antigua said in a statement released by USF.
As it stands, McMurray will miss a half-dozen nonconference games, none against a Power Five opponent.
Often the Bulls' only steady offensive option last season, McMurray averaged 15.2 points, 2.5 assists and 35.2 minutes, all team bests.
FOOTBALL: USF's Nov. 12 game at Memphis will kick off at 7 p.m. and will be televised by ESPNU, the American Athletic Conference announced Monday.
GATORS BACKFIELD UPDATE: Coach Jim McElwain said running back Mark Thompson will return from a one-game suspension after his citation for marijuana possession last week. The status of running back Jordan Cronkrite, who did not travel with the team to Jacksonville, remains unclear heading into Saturday's game at Arkansas.
Around the nation
VOLS LOSE RB: Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd plans to transfer, leaving the Volunteers without one of the most prolific runners in school history. The junior ends his Vols career with 2,638 yards rushing.
ARKANSAS: Quarterback Austin Allen will start Saturday against Florida. Allen left a loss to Auburn two weeks ago with an injured right knee.
BAYLOR: Quarterback Seth Russell went through concussion protocol but said he expects to play for the 13th-ranked Bears next weekend.
ILLINOIS: Freshman receiver Dominic Thieman is set to have surgery today on a broken ankle and is out for the season.
OHIO STATE: Starting wide receiver and kick returner Parris Campbell has a high ankle sprain and could miss Saturday's game for the No. 6 Buckeyes.
TEXAS TECH: The father of quarterback Patrick Mahomes was arrested on a charge of public intoxication during Saturday's game. Former major-league pitcher Pat Mahomes was arrested while in the stands.
BASKETBALL POLL: Duke is the runaway No. 1 in the Associated Press preseason Top 25. It is the eighth time Duke has held the preseason No. 1. Kentucky, which had two No. 1 votes, is second and Kansas third. No Florida state teams are in the poll.
MORE BASKETBALL: The NCAA ruled that North Carolina State freshman center Omer Yurtseven must sit the first nine games after examining his amateur status following Yurtseven's overseas career. … Texas senior forward Mareik Isom will miss a few weeks after having arthroscopic surgery for a bacterial infection in his ankle.
Times staff writer Matt Baker contributed to this report, which used information from Times wires.