Tag:Southern California
Posted on: March 8, 2010 9:07 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2010 10:13 pm

USC's O'Neill fires two assistants

Southern California coach Kevin O'Neill has decided against retaining assistants Gib Arnold and Phil Johnson, leaving Bob Cantu as the only recruiting assistant from Tim Floyd's staff who is still at the school, a west coast source told CBSSports.com on Monday.

An official announcement is expected later this week.

It's unclear how O'Neill will fill the openings, though it's possible Tony Miller could be promoted into one of them. Miller played for O'Neill at Marquette in the 1990s. He is currently USC's strength and conditioning manager.

The Trojans finished 16-14 in O'Neill's first season.

Arnold and Johnson both spent five years at Southern California.
Posted on: January 3, 2010 3:34 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2010 3:35 pm

USC hoops punished for not being USC football

One of the best Pac-10 teams won't play in the Pac-10 tournament.

Or the NCAA tournament.

So yeah, Southern California absolutely hammered itself Sunday by announcing self-imposed sanctions that'll put a ceiling on what Kevin O'Neill's first team can accomplish. And if you're one of those -- like Tim Floyd, for instance -- who always thought USC would sacrifice the basketball program in an attempt to protect the football program, well, you now have your proof, which is why it's difficult to applaud athletic director Mike Garrett, who released a statement Sunday that included the following phrase: "When we've done something wrong, we have an obligation to do something about it, and that is exactly what we are doing here."


Then when will USC do something about Reggie Bush?

The investigation into Bush began in April 2006.

That's more than three years ago, and still nothing despite overwhelming evidence of improprieties. Meantime, Joe McKnight decided to start driving a Land Rover registered to a man who the L.A. Times reported registered a company called "USC Marketing," and is it any surprise that McKnight initially said he spoke to Bush before choosing USC over LSU out of high school? I can only imagine the details of that alleged conversation, but I'd bet my right arm that the words "extra" and "benefit" were included in some form.

Either way, the whole thing is a laughable mess.

And guess who pays the price?

The basketball program, that's who.

And, so far, it's only the basketball program, which is both shameful and transparent.
Posted on: December 21, 2009 2:19 pm

Fontan will transfer to USC

Former Fordham guard Jio Fontan has committed to Southern California and will enroll at the Pac-10 school in January, a source involved in the recruitment told CBSSports.com on Monday.

A formal announcement is expected in the next 24 hours.

Scout.com ranked Fontan as one of the top 15 point guards in the Class of 2008, and he was averaging 15.0 points and 4.2 assists for Fordham through five games this season. He should be able to play for USC after the first semester next season. 

Posted on: December 20, 2009 12:53 am
Edited on: December 20, 2009 12:55 am

Four ranked teams lost to unranked teams

ARLINGTON, Texas -- I thought this would be an easy weekend for the Top 25 (and one).

I was wrong.

Turns out, four teams ranked in the Top 25 (and one) -- No. 10 Florida, No. 12 Tennessee, No 14 Georgetown, and No. 20 Texas Tech -- lost Saturday to unranked opponents, the biggest surprise being Tennessee's 77-55 loss at Southern California. USC entered with a 4-4 record featuring home losses to Loyola-Marymount and Nebraska. Now the Trojans are 5-4 with a 22-point win over Tennessee.

Is it possible Charlotte transfer Michael Gerrity is that much of a difference-maker?

The point guard made his USC debut against the Vols

He got 12 points and 10 assists.

"They're a completely different team with him running the show," UT coach Bruce Pearl said afterward. "We knew he could become eligible, but we hadn't seen him on any tape. ... His play was a huge factor in their dominating us."
Posted on: November 16, 2009 6:54 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2009 7:20 pm

The Poll Attacks

The AP and Coaches polls make less sense than signing Allen Iverson.

I'll tell you why right now.

It's time to Poll Attack !

AP poll: Proof that the Poll Attacks are making an impact came Monday when I learned that Bill Cole ranked the Butler Bulldogs. This is a massive development because, for those who don't remember, Bill was the only AP voter who didn't have Butler on his preseason ballot, which caused me to dedicate a large portion of the preseason Poll Attacks to his inexplicable decision.

I didn't understand why Bill ranked UCLA but not Butler.

It made no sense.

I said so.

And Bill responded this week by moving Butler onto his ballot and dropping UCLA completely despite nothing of note happening with either team between the time his first and second ballots were filed. The only thing that happened is that Bill got Poll Attacked , and he adjusted his ballot to (presumably) avoid another beating. It makes me proud, honestly. I'm bringing change to America one ballot at a time.

In a related note, I'd like to take a moment to make sure Elton Alexander, Al Balderas, Pat Ridgell, Charles Goldberg and Jason Groves understand the season started last week. They all included Mississippi State on their latest ballots, this despite Mississippi State -- at best a borderline Top 25 team in the preseason -- losing its season opener at home to Rider by an 88-74 margin.

Come on, guys.

Try to keep up.

Coaches poll: Remember the preseason Coaches poll and how I pointed out that Southern California/USC getting 22 points was ridiculous? I surmised those "USC" votes must've been intended for South Carolina , and that the geniuses who tabulate the votes incorrectly credited them to Southern California.

No doubt, that's what happened.

Because Southern California got zero points in this week's Coaches poll.

That's more like it.

But what's confusing is that South Carolina got zero points, too.

It's crazy.

South Carolina got one point in the preseason Coaches poll, and if we're assuming the 22 "USC" points should've also gone to South Carolina then it's fair to assume South Carolina should've received at least 23 points in this week's poll. Instead, the Gamecocks beat Alabama A&M by 38 and lost its one point and the other 22 that we're incorrectly credited to Southern California. The only explanation is that the coaches simply wanted to avoid confusion and declined to vote for Southern California, South Carolina, USC or anything close to any of those things. Poor Darrin Horn. Guy might never be ranked again.
Posted on: October 29, 2009 10:28 am
Edited on: October 29, 2009 10:35 am

Is 'USC' really South Carolina?

The Coaches poll is out, and, holy crap, the Poll Attacks are going to be simple this afternoon.


Because Southern California got 22 points, that's why.

Honestly, there is no way anybody who knows anything about college basketball could put Southern California on a Top 25 ballot. The Trojans lost everybody except Dwight Lewis, including their coach, and they were picked ninth in the official Pac-10 poll. So it makes no sense ... unless there was a screw-up.

Serious question: Is it possible some coaches put "USC" as a vote for South Carolina, but the folks who tabulated the votes gave those votes to Southern California instead? There is no other explanation. That's what happened, right?

Posted on: September 28, 2009 9:07 am
Edited on: September 28, 2009 9:12 am

Recruiting notes from the weekend

There were some significant recruiting developments this weekend.

Here are some of them:

Irving visits Duke: Kyrie Irving, ranked fifth in the Class of 2010 by Scout.com, visited Duke, then Tweeted about it. "Duke official was great! I enjoyed every single second," he wrote. "Everything there fits me and is right for me...you never know what will happen ." Duke has long been considered the favorite to land Irving, a 6-foot-1 point guard from New Jersey. Still, Texas A&M is among the schools hanging around, primarily because Aggie assistant Scott Spinelli was college roommates with Irving's father, Drederick Irving.

Selby narrows list: Josh Selby, famous for decommitting from Tennessee in July, has narrowed his list of potential schools to six, and UT is not one of them. The final six are Kansas, Kentucky, Indiana, Baylor, Miami and Syracuse. All indications are that Selby -- a combo guard ranked 14th in the Class of 2010 by MaxPreps.com -- will make a final decision in the Spring.

Jones narrows list: Class of 2010 standout Terrence Jones trimmed his list of potential schools to seven -- specifically Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA, Arizona, Oklahoma, Washington and Oregon. MaxPreps.com ranks Jones as the No. 12 prospect in the Class of 2010.

USC gains fifth Class of 2010 pledge: Kevin O'Neill accepted a commitment from Maurice Jones, according to Scout.com's Evan Daniels. Jones is a 5-7 point guard who reportedly averaged 28 points and 13 assists last season in high school. He's the fifth Class of 2010 prospect to commit to USC despite an ongoing NCAA investigation.
Posted on: July 31, 2009 9:25 am

Despite all the change, Cantu still at USC

Things change every year.

Coaches change jobs.

Then shirts.

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.

It's crazy.

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."
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