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Theus interviewing at USC today

Posted on: June 18, 2009 10:01 am
 

Reggie Theus is interviewing for the head coaching job at USC today, and if all goes well industry sources told CBSSports.com that an offer could be tendered in the subsequent days, if not sooner.

And it makes sense, really.

Theus is familiar with the west coast and Los Angeles specifically, and he used to recruit the area while he was an assistant at Louisville and then the head coach at New Mexico State. His NBA background is also a bonus because kids dig that kind of stuff, and his solid relationship with the influential Pump brothers -- L.A.-based twins Dana and David Pump -- can only help. So unless Theus' candidacy takes a hit that turns USC away -- worth noting is that sources believe that's precisely what happened at Arizona earlier this year -- then there's a better than good chance that Theus will replace Tim Floyd on a permanent basis now that Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon rejected USC's overture.

Theus was 41-33 in two seasons at New Mexico State.

He made one NCAA tournament.
Category: NCAAB
Tags: Reggie Theus, USC
 
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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: June 19, 2009 6:06 pm
 

Theus interviewing at USC today

Actually I live in New Mexico and am very well aware of "crappy NMSU".  Sorry, why don't you please post about something you know about like Animal Husbandry or something.

NMSU is a Hell hole.  No wonder you can still hear Theus' screaching tires as he left town as fast as he could.  Who could blame him, I don't blame him for leaving NMSU at all.  I do think it was a bad hire by the Maloofs (another NM family) and the Kings.

Theus did make NMSU relevant.  He is a pretty face with a known name.  Can he be a good coach?  Who knows!  I did say that we don't know yet because he hasn't had enough experience.  He is better off in college because he can recruit due to being so slick and having a known name.  That crap doesn't cut it in the Association though.  Too bad he wants to be back in the NBA because he would probably have a lot more success in the NCAA.

The Kings aren't a lost cause as some of you put it.  They have a good core of really good young players (Kelvin Martin and Hawes and Garcia).  But even they underachieved for Theus which says something.



Since: Apr 11, 2008
Posted on: June 19, 2009 2:20 pm
 

Theus interviewing at USC today

"CRAPPY" New Mexico State? Nice ignorant comment from a person who has probably never been here. If you want to comment base it on something you know about.




Since: Aug 12, 2006
Posted on: June 19, 2009 8:56 am
 

Theus interviewing at USC today

scott00049,

In that case, I stand corrected...I am sort of a homer for NMSU basketball.  lol

I'm also not a fan of either school and it is true that USC has two appearances in the Final Four to one by NMSU, the truth is that USC was in the Final Four in '40 and '54, ironically when the NIT WAS bigger.  New Mexico State was in the Final Four in 1970 at the peak of UCLA's glory years.  In fact, Maryland refused to play in the NIT in 1974 because they felt they could win the NCAA and the NIT was beneath them.  That move by the Terps was the catalyst that allowed more than one team per conference in the NCAA starting in 1975.

Overall Southern Cal may have more appearances in the tourney than NMSU, it's close. 



Since: Aug 12, 2006
Posted on: June 19, 2009 8:37 am
 

Theus interviewing at USC today

RageRoolz,

To verify your point, "How many one and doen players did they have?OH YEAH!! Zero.(unless someone from UNC declared)", you're absolutely right.  UNC had no "one and doners" this year.  While freshmen contributed, they were led by seniors Hansbrough and Green, Juniors Lawson, Ellington and Thompson. 

Carolina's 2005 national champs were also a veteran group with one contributing one and doner in Marvin Williams. 



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: June 19, 2009 8:12 am
 

Theus interviewing at USC today

  • How good Billy Gillispie is?!?!? Living under a rock regarding his last two years at Kentucky??


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Since: Dec 3, 2008
Posted on: June 19, 2009 2:17 am
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Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: June 19, 2009 1:12 am
 

Theus interviewing at USC today

I'm sure USC wants the shady Pump brothers in their program after what just happened.



Since: Jun 5, 2009
Posted on: June 18, 2009 10:54 pm
 

Theus interviewing at USC today

i definitely agree that Reggie did a great job at NMSU. The Aggies were starting to become irrelevant in the WAC and Theus came in and in two years got them turned in the right direction. Not that the fan base wasn't in Las Cruces but the talent was lacking. Kids respond to young coaches, especially this guy. An NCAA Tourney appearance in that short of a time period was as impressive of a college coaching job that I have seen in awhile. It was a bad move on his part to take the Kings job but I can't say that I blame him. Las Cruces for a mid-major or the NBA and good money? Tough choice (sarcasm). Although Sacramento was a lose-lose situation, it was still good for him to have NBA head coaching experience on his resume. I think any real basketball fan knows that he had next to nothing to work with in Sacramento and that his record there should be forgotten.

What should be remembered is how quickly he turned around your Aggies and not that career suicide attempt in Sacramento.



Since: May 31, 2009
Posted on: June 18, 2009 4:32 pm
 

Theus interviewing at USC today

you are sort of an idiot...and here's why!

"In the current system any good team is going to be led by a one and doner."

this years championship. Can you refresh my memory?what teams were in it? Oh yeah!!! UNC and MSU

How many one and doen players did they have?OH YEAH!! Zero.(unless someone from UNC declared)

either way, both were veteran teams led by veteran players. Ty lawson? Tyler Hanbrough? Kalin Lucas? Goran Suton?

and you said ANY good team is going to be led by a one and done...seems that the best two weren't(i could list all the good teams with zero one and dones but its pointless)

Idiot statement #2 "Coaching is about breaking the rules without getting caught"

my friend, RECRUITING is about breaking the rules and not getting caught, coaching is about KNOWING THE GAME, KNOWING THE PLAYERS, AND KNOWING YOUR SYSTEM

That said, i don't care about Reggie Theus or USC. If i had to bet money, i'd wager he has a good amount of success there.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: June 18, 2009 2:54 pm
 

Theus interviewing at USC today

I do stand corrected in that it was after the NIT had falled in stature.  NMSU went in 1970, there were 25 teams in the tournament.




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