When first-ever USF president John Allen founded the school, he pictured our beloved slice of heaven from Fowler to Fletcher as a small, liberal arts academy. Big-time college athletics was never a part of his vision. And his legacy lives on today since USF doesn’t have a men’s basketball team.
Sure they compete in football, soccer, golf, sailing and of course women’s basketball, but USF doesn’t play men’s hoops to this day.
But if they did have a team, it turns out point guard Jahmal McMurray wouldn’t be allowed to play for them for a violation of team rules. From the guy with the fastest 5K time on the USF beat, Joey Knight:
USF sophomore PG Jahmal McMurray, the team's top returning scorer, faces an early-season suspension for a violation of university policy, the Tampa Bay Times has learned.
The school would not confirm the information Monday morning. McMurray's absence, expected to stretch into December, would perpetuate an abysmal seven-month stretch for the Bulls, trying to rebound from an 8-25 season.
PF Chris Perry and PG Roddy Peters were dismissed this past spring for repeated violations of school policy. Assistant Oliver Antigua -- brother of Coach Orlando Antigua -- resigned in July amid an NCAA probe into possible academic-related violations in the program.
And two of the Bulls' top incoming freshmen, four-star PF Troy Baxter (now at UNLV) and PG Andres Feliz, no longer are with the team.
That would be a real big blow to the Bulls if they, you know, actually competed in the sport.