Antigua Headed To USF

Reported by: Alex Risen
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Updated: 3/31 10:10 pm
A small piece of bad news for Solid Blue fans today.

Assistant coach Orlando Antigua will be headed to USF at season's end.  The Bulls originally wanted to replace Stan Heath with former basketball Cat Steve Masiello, but discovered he did not have an undergraduate degree from UK as stated on his resume, so the search resumed.

Antigua has been at UK with Coach Cal since 2009 and was an assistant for one season in 2008 back in Memphis with Calipari.

Early front-runners for the UK opening after the season is over would include now-unemployed ex-Auburn coach Tony Barbee.

Here's a statement from Cal via UK Athletics:

“When this is done right, everyone involved should benefit from the success of the program. This includes the university as a whole, the athletic department, administrators, staff and especially the assistant coaches. They and their families deal with the brunt of the work. With that being said, I am so excited that Orlando has been hired by the University of South Florida. Based on what he’s done with the Dominican Republic National Team as their head coach and his work with our family over the last five years at Kentucky and one season at Memphis, I have the utmost confidence in him to lead this program to new heights. My guess is they will do things that have never been done before at South Florida. We’re all going to miss him and his family after we finish this run.”
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