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Orlando Antigua adds Rod Strickland, brother Oliver Antigua, to staff at South Florida

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New South Florida men’s basketball head coach Orlando Antigua began adding pieces to his coaching staff on Monday as the former Kentucky assistant brought some familiar faces on board with him to the American Athletic Conference program.

Joining Antigua on his first staff at USF will be former NBA veteran guard and Kentucky special assistant Rod Strickland along with Antigua’s brother — and Seton Hall assistant coach — Oliver Antigua, the school announced in a release on Monday.

Strickland is a 17-year NBA veteran who spent five years as a special assistant at Kentucky under head coach John Calipari. The former point guard also spent time at Memphis under Calipari in a director of student-athlete development and director of basketball operations positions. Calipari tweeted some words of support for Strickland on Monday.

“I worked very closely with Rod for the past six years and he is ready for this next step up in his coaching career,” Antigua said in the release. “We had a chance to work together for a hall of fame coach at Kentucky in John Calipari. Rod has tremendous knowledge for the game and will be a great asset for the program.”

Oliver Antigua — the younger brother of Orlando — spent one season as an assistant coach at Seton Hall and was also previously an assistant coach at Manhattan. The two Antigua brothers have coached together before on the Dominican Republic National Team last summer.

“Oliver is a terrific recruiter and coaches with great energy and passion which will benefit us here at USF,” Antigua said in the release. “He helped assemble a recruiting class at Seton Hall that was ranked No. 10 in the nation and No. 1 in the Big East Conference.”

Antigua also added former Pitt teammate Jerry McCullough as director of basketball operations.

UPDATED: Kentucky special assistant Rod Strickland arrested for driving with DUI-suspended license

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UPDATE: 2:50 p.m. EDT, 2 August 2012

According to court records attained by WLEX in Lexington, Rod Strickland’s license had been reinstated in April of 2011. This detail comes after he was arrested early Thursday morning in Lexington on charges of, among other things, driving with a DUI-suspended license.

“Rod Strickland was pulled over this morning in Lexington on a routine traffic stop on the way to the office,” the University of Kentucky said in a statement. “According to police reports, he was pulled over for failure to signal and for driving with a suspended license. According to Strickland, his vehicle was properly registered and he produced his driver’s license at the scene. We are currently gathering information on whether his license was suspended due to a clerical error which led to his arrest.”

Strickland was set free on bond Thursday morning and is expected to appear in court on Friday.

Original Story, posted 11:51 a.m. EDT, 2 August 2012

Kentucky special assistant Rod Strickland was arrested early Thursday morning in Lexington, Ky., and charged for driving with a suspended license, NBC affiliate WLEX in Lexington is reporting.

The 46-year-old Strickland was also charged with having unregistered plates and failing to signal.

This is the latest in a string of legal problems for the former NBA player, who was arrested on DUI charges in April 2010. His license was currently suspended as a result of that 2010 incident. Following that arrest, he was moved from his assistant position at Kentucky to the administrative position he currently holds.

That arrest in April 2010 marked the fourth time he had been charged with DUI, his last before that coming in 2001. He was also arrested in 2007 on charges of reckless driving and driving with a suspended license.

He served as an assistant for just one season under coach John Calipari at Kentucky after being the Director of Basketball Operations at Memphis.

Before coming to the collegiate ranks, Strickland played 17 seasons in the NBA, averaging 13.2 points and 7.3 assists per game for nine teams. During his collegiate career, he starred at DePaul University.

According to WLEX, Strickland is being held in the Fayette County Detention Center and it is not yet clear when he will appear in court.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_