Two USF basketball players left at airport as team boards plane

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How in the world?

The Tampa Bay Times reports that the two top players on the South Florida basketball team didn’t fly home with their teammates the other day. But not for the reasons you might think.

Guards Troy Holston and Geno Thorpe, who played in USF’s loss at Tulsa on Thursday night, flew with their teammates to Houston on Friday morning but fell asleep in the airport there. USF coaches didn’t realize they weren’t on the flight until too late, and three hours later, the two players were able to get on a flight and return to Tampa. …

“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,” USF interim coach Murry Bartow said in a statement issued Saturday morning.

“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.” …

“It’s very disappointing, and it’s a reflection of how terrible a program the men’s basketball program is,” said Holston-Greene, who spoke with Bartow on Friday.

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