Following USF’s 82-68 loss to Tulsa on Thursday night, USF men’s basketball players Geno Thorpe and Troy Holston were left behind as the rest of the team took a flight back to Tampa.
The players fell asleep in the terminal, and none of their teammates, coaches, or support staff awakened them to make sure they made their plane.
One person that wasn’t happy was Tampa-area realtor and Troy Holston’s mother Monique Holston-Greene, who took to Twitter to express her frustration.
It’s the latest embarrassment for a team with a record of 7-20 and 1-15 in the American Conference this season. The Bulls are 299th in the RPI, fired head coach Orlando Antigua on January 3rd, and are under investigation by the NCAA for academic violations.
Multiple calls and text messages to USF Athletics staff were not immediately returned.
We’ll have more on this story as we get more information.
USF Interim Head Basketball Coach Murry Bartow Statement
“Yesterday, as our team traveled back from Tulsa, two of our players were separated from the rest of our team when we boarded a connecting flight in Houston. This unfortunate circumstance, for which I apologize, was recognized by our staff as the plane was leaving the gate and not in time to get the players on the commercial flight. We immediately began to make arrangements to get the players on the very next flight to Tampa, and were in communication with them as soon as was possible. Both players arrived safely home in Tampa later that afternoon, at approximately 4:25 p.m., where a staff member met them at the airport. They are joining the rest of the team in a charity activity today.”