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SoFloBulls Blog | by Matthew Manuri
Tampa, FL — USF introduced 40-year-old Orlando Antigua as the men’s head basketball coach. Boosters, supporters, athletes, and media jammed the Arena Club at the Sun Dome to meet the ninth head coach in men’s basketball history.
Antigua, who has coached under John Calipari the past six seasons at Kentucky and Memphis, said he was impressed with many things about USF Basketball.
“Just a commitment to the program, the facilities, the practice facilities,” Antigua told 10 Sports. “The new Athletic Director Mark Harlan helped, getting to meet him and Barry and spending some time with them, and the passion for what they want to accomplish here.”
Antigua said Calipari offered him advice about taking the job.
“USF is a sleeping giant,” Calipari said. “It’s an unbelievable opportunity.”
USF unsuccessfully offered the job to two other coaches: Steve Masiello of Manhattan and Dave Rice of UNLV. Neither offer panned out. Masiello was found to have discrepancies on his resume, and Rice was offered a contract extension by UNLV.
Antigua agreed with 10 Sports anchor Dave Wirth that the key is recruiting better players.
“It’s about the Jimmys and the Joes, not necessarily the Xs and the Os,” Antigua said.
Antigua, who also played for the Harlem Globetrotters, will return to Kentucky for the weekend at the Final Four in Dallas, then take over at USF. Watch the Video by Clicking Here
10 News Staff, WTSP
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