TAMPA, FLA., MARCH 10, 2023 – Following a 14-11 season in 2022-23, the ending of Gregory’s tenure at USF comes at a time in which the basketball program needs to go in a different direction. The Bulls certainly have talented shooters on the roster, and the team can compete in the AAC with the right guy at the helm. Bulls senior Tyler Harris was named AAC Third-Team All-Conference this season. But, just having talent on the roster wasn’t enough to keep Gregory around in Tampa.
“Brian has been a true ambassador for the University of South Florida,” Kelly said. “Ultimately, our head coaches and programs are judged by on-court success, and we have not lived up to our expectations for men’s basketball. We thank Brian and his family for all they have done for USF and wish them the very best in their journey.”
Looking ahead, the Bulls will likely return key players Selton Miguel and Russell Tchewa. Freshman guard Ryan Conwell will be back in the Green and Gold next season barring any transfer decisions. With the conference adding teams beginning in July, the administration at USF has to make a clear cut decision in order for the Bulls to be competitive next season.
South Florida men’s basketball hasn’t been to the NCAA Tournament since 2012. During Gregory’s tenure, the Bulls posted just one winning season which came in 2018-19 when USF won 24 games and won the College Basketball Invitational. After last week’s first game exit against East Carolina in the AAC Tournament, the realization that USF would move in a different direction became more apparent. Now, it is up to the athletic department to make the correct hire to get the program back to relevancy within the conference.