Barring a miraculous AAC tournament run, the season and possibly career of Corey Allen Jr. at South Florida is over. The veteran Bulls guard was declared ineligible by the NCAA for receiving impermissible benefits at Mt. San Antonio College, his previous school. Allen must sit out for six games as punishment.
Per a Saturday morning news release from USF, the ruling comes from an internal inquiry enacted by the school that determined that the guard received “impermissible benefits regarding tuition payments for courses Allen completed while another institution prior to enrolling at USF.” The decision does not affect USF’s won-loss record for the 2013-14 or the 2014-15 season. At 4:48 early Saturday morning, Allen commented through Twitter saying, “Things happen for a reason. Gotta think about my future now.”
Thus, for all intents and purposes, ends the season for Corey Allen Jr., who led the Bulls in scoring and ranked second in the AAC just behind Ryan Boatright with 15.4 ppg. His offensive prowess and aggressive nature in driving the lane was a bright spot for the young Bulls and went hand in hand with the up tempo style of play that Orlando Antigua is establish at South Florida. Just last week, Allen named to the weekly conference honor roll for his spectacular play in a win over Houston and a loss at East Carolina.
With the sudden absence of both Allen and the injured Chris Perry, USF now holds the distinction of being the youngest team in terms of experience in the entire nation. It will be seen how the Bulls respond in their final three regular season games before the conference tournament in Hartford.