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USF Fires Orlando Antigua, Murray Bartow Named Interim Coach

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South Florida has fired basketball coach Orlando Antigua. Assistant Murray Bartow will serve as interim head coach.

Antigua, 43, went 23-55 (.295) in two-plus seasons at USF.

AD Mark Harlan penned this letter.

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 Harlan

Director of Athletics

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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.