Seton Hall's Herb Pope Signs With Turkey's Antayla According To

TJ CorbsCorrespondent IOctober 20, 2010

NEW YORK - MARCH 10:  Head coach Bobby Gonzalez reacts with Herb Pope #15 of the Seton Hall Pirates against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the second round of 2010 NCAA Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 10, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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According to, troubled Seton Hall big man Herb Pope will play in Turkey next year.  Pope reportedly signed with Antayla.

Seton Hall is not expected to be any good this year.  The recent Big East coach's pre-season poll picked the Pirates near the bottom of the conference, 11th overall. 

Without Pope, Seton Hall could battle teams like Rutgers and DePaul to see who finishes last in the Big East.  Pope was one of the top rebounders in the Big East and Seton Hall's only notable frontcourt player.

Pope has been a troubled player in the past.  He is most well known for a below-the-belt blindside punch to Texas Tech's Darko Cohadarevic in last March's NIT.  Pope was ejected from the game and may be forced to serve a suspension to start the 2010-2011 season.

Pope's offensive on court behavior was one of the many problems that Seton Hall suffered under former coach Bobby Gonzalez.  Many feel that Pope's unjustifiable and unacceptable groin punch was the last straw for Gonzalez.

Pope was a highly touted prospect out of high school.  Pope began his career with New Mexico State where he failed to live up to his top 50 projection. 

Last Apri,l Pope entered the hospital for an extended stay that lasted until early June.  Pope was expected to play this season.

Pope averaged 11 points per game last year for Seton Hall.

At this time, sources at Seton Hall are not confirming the report.