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Struggling South Florida (6-7) fires head coach Orlando Antigua

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South Florida has fired men's basketball coach Orlando Antigua, whose program has struggled and is in the midst of an academic fraud investigation.

USF athletic director Mark Harlan sent a letter about Antigua's dismissal to supporters of the program on Tuesday morning.

"After a thorough and deliberate review of our men's basketball program, a decision has been made to make a head coaching change," Harlan wrote. "I met with Coach Antigua earlier today to inform him of this and to thank him for his service to USF. We wish Coach Antigua and his family the very best."

Harlan also said that Murry Bartow will serve as the interim coach.

South Florida is 23-55 in Antigua's tenure, which started with the 2014-15 season. The Bulls are 6-7 overall this season and 0-2 in American Athletic Conference play. They will play at SMU on Saturday.

ESPN reported last July that the South Florida program was being investigated for academic fraud. Shortly thereafter, Antigua's brother, OIiver, resigned from his position as an assistant coach.

Orlando Antigua came to South Florida after spending six seasons as an assistant for John Calipari at Memphis and Kentucky.

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