It took a week for the news to become official, but Seton Hall assistant Oliver Antigua has joined his brother's staff as South Florida.
The hire became official a little less than a week after Oliver's brother, Orlando Antigua, arrived at USF from Kentucky; he began his first official day as head coach Wednesday, two days after UK lost to Connecticut in last Monday's national title game. Antigua was expected to fly in to Tampa last Tuesday but instead said farewell to Kentucky fans at Rupp Arena at a post-tournament event.
Antigua's hiring of his brother is not particularly surprising, and was even expected by many Seton Hall fans, after multiple outlets provided quotes regarding the Antigua brothers linking up in Tampa during Final Four media build-up . It became a formality that Oliver was Tampa-bound after several outlets unofficially hinted at his exit this past week on Twitter. Oliver Antigua flew to Tampa out of New York Thursday morning and the geolocation of a tweet came from USF campus on Friday.
Orlando Antigua reportedly has a $700,000/year operating budget for his four assistant coaches at South Florida; the USF press release also announced the hiring of Kentucky administrative assistant Rod Strickland and Jerry McCullough.
Oliver Antigua's departure from Seton Hall's staff answers the lingering question of where Abraham Lincoln (N.Y.) head coach Dwayne "Tiny" Morton is going to fit under Kevin Willard. Morton has been long linked with getting a position on the Seton Hall staff since Lincoln's Isaiah Whitehead pledged to the Pirates last fall. An official hiring of a third recruiting assistant will likely happen later rather than sooner in order to benefit recruiting abilities on the trails. Only three coaches (of four total, Willard + three assistants) can be away from campus on recruiting trips at the same time, but a "coach" such as Morton can have free reign as long as he isn't on Seton Hall's payroll.
Correction (9:30 PM): As of last August, the NCAA altered its rule to allow four coaches to be recruiting on the road at the same time. Still, an announcement on Morton is "not imminent" according to the New York Post's Zach Braziller. Between now and the active July AAU recruiting periods, there are just three days (April 25-27) that are NCAA 'evaluation periods', windows in which college coaches can watch recruits in person. In sum, Morton and Seton Hall wouldn't be at too much of a disadvantage if he didn't sign on until July.
The move raises the question of whether or not Antigua's recruit and Seton Hall signee Angel Delgado will desire to follow his recruiter to South Florida. According to Jerry Carino, Delgado is expected to stay with Seton Hall.
Delgado is currently playing with the rest of Seton Hall's five-man incoming recruiting class as Maine Attraction in the iS8 Spring Classic and was just selected to play in the 2014 Mary Kline Classic on the same team as Isaiah Whitehead, Desi Rodriguez, and Khadeen Carrington. Delgado is also preparing for the 2014 Jordan Brand Classic, which will have plenty of Seton Hall flavor, this Friday in Brooklyn. A hypothetical switch to USF, which is unlikely at this point, would require Delgado to be released by Seton Hall from the National Letter of Intent that he signed with the school last fall.