The Bull Hits the Fan: Possible NCAA Investigations Near for USF

Drew GatewoodAnalyst INovember 19, 2009

NEW YORK - MARCH 10:  Head coach Stan Heath of the USF Bulls looks on from the sidelines against the Seton Hall Pirates during the first round of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 10, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The USF men’s basketball program is currently under investigation by the University and possibly the NCAA in the upcoming future. Reports surfaced that Maryland Transfer, Augustus Gilchrist, the Bulls star center was tampered with during the transfer process.

Evidence reportedly reveals Terrelle Woody, a strength and conditioning assistant, driving Gilchrist on personal trips. It’s been stated he was used as his personal valet, which included two separate trips to Orlando for Magic games during the NBA Finals. The NCAA allows for occasional local transportation. Tampa is an hour from Orlando and does not fit into that definition.

Terrelle Woody is also accused of helping out at USF practices in the off-season. The Tampa Tribune reports on several occasions, seeing Woody, assistant coach Jeremy Cox and Stan Heath with nine players in the Sun Dome in August having an “open gym.”

This is a direct violation of NCAA rules, as this type of activity cannot resume until September 15. Woody was supposedly brought onto the USF staff to guarantee that Gilchrist would sign with the Bulls in 2008.

Woody was also present in the Bulls locker room before games, at halftime, and during post game conversations. Both former players and assistant coaches have verified his presence on the team long before being and official member.

Stan Heath is denying any possible violations that may have occurred according to the report on where it was originally posted along with allegations of a possible theft between former and current USF players.

Jesus Verdejo and Gabby Belardo, former USF players, also had reported a theft of almost eight thousand dollars in personal merchandise taken from their campus apartment in April 2009. The two players filed a police report with the Hillsborough County Sheriff and indicated they felt current players: Dominique Jones, Anthony Crater, and Justin Leemow were to blame.

Stan Heath held a team meeting in order to try and reclaim the stolen belongings. Heath claims that no one on the team was involved in the burglary. He also has stated he conducted a search of the players rooms personally and didn’t come up with any of the stolen goods. The case is currently inactive according to Hillsborough County Clerk of Courts website.