In some bizarre news that has circulated out of the west coast, it appears that USC has taken the time to meet with one, very interesting and intriguing name in its effort to find a new head basketball coach.
The name that has reportedly surfaced: Tim Floyd.
Trojan fans are well aware of Floyd, considering he coached at USC from 2005-2009. During his tenure in Southern California, Floyd led the Trojans to three consecutive NCAA Tournaments, tallying 85 wins in that span. However, Floyd was released of his duties following the vacancy of the Trojans’ 2007-08 season due to the NCAA investigation that circled around former USC star O.J. Mayo.
Floyd then took a year off from coaching before returning to the bench at UTEP. He is currently in his third season as the head man for the Miners, but according to the LA Times Floyd has recently met with USC officials about a potential re-hire.
The Trojans made the mid-season decision to part ways with Kevin O’Neill, an interesting case in its own right considering the team is full of newcomers and transfers this season. Either way, USC has moved forward with interim coach Bob Cantu, who should deservedly garner some attention for the position himself.
However, let’s be serious. Why is this report gathering so much attention? Well come on, why would the Trojans even be interested in bringing Floyd back considering the way he left the program? He had one season vacated and was only at the helm their for four total.
It just doesn’t seem right.
Both USC and UTEP however, are in the midst of the tail end of their seasons, so this rumor and reported meeting is just dust in the wind for right now. USC isn’t likely to make a move until after the season ends, but then again, who saw this coming?
I guess we will have to wait and see what USC and Floyd decide to do from here, but the story line is certainly one worth following.
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