Orlando Antigua, once one of John Caliapri's top assistants at Kentucky, needs all the breaks he can get for the rebuilding effort at the University of South Florida. That makes Wednesday's news of a possible NCAA investigation particularly disappointing since it involves Antigua's own brother.
According to ESPN's Jeff Goodman, assistant coach Oliver Antigua has not been allowed to recruit on the road during this live period and resigned while the NCAA is investigating the program for possible academic fraud issues. Oliver was previously an assistant for Seton Hall before joining his brother's staff in Tampa and a head coach at St. Raymond High in the Bronx.
The Bulls have only 17 victories (7-28 in conference play) since hiring Antigua in 2014.
In a statement, USF said it is cooperating with the NCAA.
"The University of South Florida and the NCAA enforcement staff are working together to investigate and resolve an inquiry into potential violations of NCAA bylaws and university standards by one of our intercollegiate athletic programs," the statement said. "Because the University of South Florida is committed to protecting the integrity of the investigation and ensuring those involved receive fair treatment, we cannot provide any details about the investigation at this time."