From Hogs to Bulls: Heath lands at South Florida
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) – The University of South Florida has named Stan
Heath its new men’s basketball coach.
Heath was fired at Arkansas just last week after leading the Razorbacks to the
NCAA Tournament in each of the last two seasons. He spent five years in
Fayetteville and guided the school to a record of 82-71.
Despite the winning record, Heath’s teams were just 31-49 in the rugged
Southeastern Conference. The Razorbacks were in danger of missing the NCAA
Tournament this year, but a run to the SEC Tournament title game helped them
gain an at-large bid. They were rewarded with a 12th seed in the NCAA tourney
and dropped a 77-60 decision to Southern California in the first round to
complete a 21-14 season.
The Razorbacks also suffered a first-round loss in the 2006 NCAA Tournament,
an appearance that ended a four-year NCAA drought.
South Florida was in need of a basketball coach after Robert McCullum was
dismissed in early March.
McCullum registered an 84-121 record with a 10-54 conference mark in four
seasons with the Bulls.
South Florida, one of five teams that left Conference USA after the 2004-05
season, has posted a 4-28 mark over two years in the Big East.