USF Fires Orlando Antigua
According to Brett McMurphy with ESPN, USF has reportedly fired men’s basketball head coach, Orlando Antigua.
Murry Bartow has been named the interim head coach.
Athletic Director, Mark Harlan, released the following statement:
Dear Bulls Family:At USF Athletics our commitment to excellence is unwavering and central to our mission as highlighted in our strategic plan.After a thorough and deliberate review of our men’s basketball program, a decision has been made to make a head coaching change. I met with Coach Antigua earlier today to inform him of this and to thank him for his service to USF. We wish Coach Antigua and his family the very best.For the remainder of the season, assistant coach Murry Bartow will serve as interim head coach. We will continue to provide all the resources and support necessary for our student-athletes and coaching staff to have success. A national search to find our next head coach will commence immediately.Please continue to support our men’s basketball team throughout the rest of the season and thank you for your continued support of USF Athletics.Sincerely,Mark HarlanDirector of Athletics
The move doesn’t come as a shock to many and comes just days after USF fell to Houston in their conference home opener. They are now 6-7 on the season and 0-2 in American conference play.
Just two weeks ago a statement from Antigua was released on Jahmal McMurray’s intent to transfer from USF:
Statement fromUSF Head Basketball Coach Orlando AntiguaThis morning, Jahmal McMurray informed me of his intent to transfer from USF. Per his request, we have agreed to grant him an immediate release to do so. I wish him the best in his future endeavors. My focus remains on leading the young men on our USF Bulls team as they continue striving for excellence on and off the court.
Now the hunt for another head coach begins for the USF athletic program.