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Report: NCAA investigating South Florida for academic fraud


PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 22: Head coach Orlando Antigua of the USF Bulls calls out a play during the game against the Temple Owls on January 22, 2015 at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Owls defeated the Bulls 73-48 (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Orlando Antigua

Mitchell Leff

The NCAA is investigating South Florida for academic fraud, according to a report from ESPN.

Oliver Antigua, the brother of head coach Orlando and a former assistant coach at Seton Hall, has not been allowed on the road to recruit during the live period this July, per the report.

The timing of this could not be worse. Let’s go beyond the fact that the Bulls have not gotten any better in two seasons under Antigua -- he has won 16 games since becoming the head coach -- but South Florida is in the process of trying to convince the Big 12 to make them one of the league’s new additions. That decision centers solely on football and access to Florida’s fertile recruiting grounds, so the impact may be limited, but if the Big 12 has better options why would they want to add a university with this hanging over its head?