Recently fired Arkansas head coach Stan Heath has agreed to a five-year deal to take over the struggling South Florida men's basketball program. The deal is reportedly worth $4.275 million.
Heath will be introduced Tuesday at a news conference on the USF campus, said assistant athletic director John Gerdes. He replaces Robert McCullum, who was fired last month after losing 28 of 32 conference games in the school's first two seasons in one of the nation's toughest leagues.
I don't want to say that this is a bad move on Heath's part, but I do want to say that this is an awful move on Heath's part. He got a raw deal at Arkansas, but trying to land at a solid (or not solid) mid-major program was the right play here.
At USF Heath will receive next to no support from the athletic department, the university and the fans. The Bulls were brought to the Big East strictly because of their potential in football, and in basketball they're merely the team everyone prays they get to play twice. Sure there are athletes galore in the Sunshine State, but Heath's never going to be able to land the types of players who are going to make his teams competitive with Connecticut, Syracuse, Georgetown and Louisville every year.
If Heath takes this team to the Big East Tournament once in the next three years then he will have done a hell of a job.