Members of the USF basketball program now know what it is like to be Lane Kiffin, who was once famously fired and left on the airport tarmac by USC.
While the Bulls players didn’t lose their jobs, they were temporarily lost by their coaches and teammates at the airport which led to the pair missing the team’s flight home following a loss to Tulsa.
Bulls interim head coach Murry Bartow says the team was catching its connecting flight to Houston when the two players were separated from the team. As soon as it was noticed that the players did not make it on the flight, arrangements were made to get them on the next flight home.
“Yesterday, as our team traveled back from Tulsa, two of our players were separated from the rest of our team when we boarded a connecting flight in Houston,” Bartow said in his statement. “This unfortunate circumstance, for which I apologize, was recognized by our staff as the plane was leaving the gate and not in time to get the players on the commercial flight.
“We immediately began to make arrangements to get the players on the very next flight to Tampa, and were in communication with them as soon as was possible. Both players arrived safely home in Tampa later that afternoon, at approximately 4:25 p.m., where a staff member met them at the airport. They are joining the rest of the team in a charity activity today.”
One of the players who was left behind was starting guard Troy Holston.
Needless to say, his mother wasn’t very happy.
“It’s very disappointing, and it’s a reflection of how terrible a program the men’s basketball program is,” Monique Holston-Greene told Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times.
The USF basketball team is currently 7-20 on the season and fired its head coach earlier this month. She definitely isn’t wrong.
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