USC Interested in Former Coach Tim Floyd, Yet Bob Cantu Deserves the Position

By David LaRose
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Reports coming out today suggest that USC athletic director Pat Haden has reached out to former basketball coach Tim Floyd about returning to the program and assuming his former position.

Floyd, who coaches at UTEP now, resigned from the head coaching position at USC in 2009 after NCAA investigations into both the football and basketball programs resulted in school led sanctions. The investigation looked into improper conduct with the recruitment of former guard O.J. Mayo and while Floyd did not personally commit any violations he still left the program and USC went on to impose a no-postseason ban the year after his departure.

Why USC is trying to recycle an old head coach is beyond me. All they have to do to find their next head coach is to look right in front of them and realize the job Bob Cantu is doing.

Since taking over for Kevin O’Neill on January 14, Cantu has led a resurgence of the Trojans and surprisingly enough has them in a position to make some noise in the Pac 12 Tournament next week in Las Vegas. USC sits at 14-15 overall and, more importantly 9-7 in conference play, which has them tied for fifth place in the Pac 12 standings. Under Cantu the Trojans are 7-5 and have knocked off the likes of No. 11 Arizona, UCLA and Arizona State.

Cantu still has the interim title but it should be removed and replaced with head coach with the way the Trojans are playing. He’s gotten the most out of the players and they are now playing with a ton of confidence, something that was severely lacking under O’Neill. Granted, USC played a brutal non-conference schedule that dinged their confidence and hurt their record but under Cantu the swagger has returned.

Making a play at Floyd is a bad decision. Even though Mike Garrett, the athletic director that forced Floyd out, is gone going back to Floyd is a desperate move. He brought them success during his four seasons in LA, going 85-50 from ’05-06 to ’08-09, but changing coaches again would be a poor move for the players that are finally gaining some confidence.

Cantu is the right man for the job but I don’t think USC realizes that.

David LaRose is a College Basketball writer for Rant Sports covering the Pac 12 and the University of Colorado. He’s also a member of the USBWA. You can follow him on Twitter or check out his Facebook page.

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