Posted on: July 31, 2009 9:25 am
Things change every year.
Coaches change jobs.
Next thing you know, Orlando Antigua is wearing Kentucky gear (instead of Pittsburgh or Memphis), Glynn Cyprien is wearing Memphis gear (instead of Arkansas or Kentucky), and Archie Miller is wearing Arizona gear (instead of Arizona State or Ohio State). Such is life for assistant coaches. Change is regular, if not necessary.
And then there's Bob Cantu.
He never changes a damn thing.
I tell you this because I bumped into Cantu last week in Las Vegas and was reminded that he's now technically working for his fifth head coach in nine years at USC, and unless you understand this business you can't fully appreciate the uniqueness of the situation. Almost always, when a head coach moves, his assistants move, too -- either to another job or out of the business. Staying put is rare, and yet Cantu is now working with his fifth head coach at USC.
Cantu did nearly four seasons with Henry Bibby, then a part of a season with Jim Saia, then five days with Rick Majerus, then four seasons with Tim Floyd, and now he works for Kevin O'Neil. Coaches have come and gone. Scandals have come and gone. Even arenas have come and gone. But Cantu is still at USC -- the one constant in an ever-changing situation.
"I'm on my fifth head coach," Cantu said with a smile. "It has to be an NCAA record."
Posted on: March 24, 2009 7:05 pm
Edited on: March 25, 2009 4:05 pm
Southern California assistant Bob Cantu interviewed Monday for the head coaching vacancy at Cal Poly, a source told CBSSports.com on Tuesday.
Cantu grew-up 30 minutes from, and once worked at, Cal Poly. His strong recruiting ties have helped USC make three consecutive NCAA tournaments for the first time in school history. The most recent NCAA tournament resulted in a trip to the second round, where the Trojans lost to Michigan State last Sunday.
Other candidates expected to interview at Cal Poly, the source said, are Brad Holland and Brad Soderberg.
Holland coached San Diego from 1994 to 2007 and made just one NCAA tournament. He's currently an assistant at UC Santa Barbara. Soderberg coached Saint Louis from 2002 to 2007 and made no NCAA tournaments. He's currently the interim director of athletics at Loras College in Iowa.
UPDATE: On Wednesday, a source told CBSSports.com that Arizona State assistant Scott Pera has also interviewed at Cal Poly. Pera is most famous for being James Harden's high school coach.
Posted on: September 12, 2008 1:52 pm
Edited on: September 12, 2008 2:13 pm
It's a big football weekend at Southern California.
Perhaps you've heard.
But it's worth noting that Tim Floyd, Bob Cantu and the rest of the USC basketball staff will also have a lot at stake over the next 48 hours as the Trojans host what could be the best group of recruits to visit a campus at one time in the history of the sport. There is no way to prove that statement, of course. But if you know of a school that has ever produced a more significant list of visitors feel free to shoot me a note and let me know
Anyway here's a list of basketball prospects expected to be at USC-Ohio State game.
(Class ranking, if available, in parenthesis)
-- 2009 --
-- 2010 --
-- 2011 --
Add it up, and that's nine prospects ranked in the Top 85 of their respective classes -- including five Top 15 guys -- expected to be on campus in either an official or unoffical capacity -- plus Caudill, who is considered one of the better sophomores in the nation (it's just that Scout.com and Rivals.com only rank sophomores through the Top 10, and he's not in that group). So, like I said, this is a huge weekend for USC basketball. And with that, let's get back to the Beanie Wells Watch, can we?