Tag:Southern California
Posted on: April 26, 2009 2:53 pm
Edited on: April 26, 2009 3:02 pm

Sidney on the verge of committing to MSU

McDonald's All-American Renardo Sidney is on the verge of decommitting from Southern California so that he can commit to Mississippi State, according to Scout.com's Dave Telep.

Scout.com rates Sidney as the seventh-best prospect in the Class of 2009.

He's a 6-foot-9 forward at Fairfax High in Los Angeles who is originally from Mississippi.

Sidney reportedly visited Mississippi State this weekend. Assuming he switches commitments, he'll be the fourth top 10 prospect to change destinations since last year -- joining No. 3 DeMarcus Cousins (from Memphis to Kentucky), No. 6 Xavier Henry (from Memphis to Kansas) and No. 10 Abdul Gaddy (from Arizona to Washington). Meantime, No. 2 John Wall and No. 8 Lance Stephenson remain uncommitted.
Posted on: April 2, 2009 6:02 pm
Edited on: April 2, 2009 9:23 pm

Floyd staying at USC; Memphis misses on Pearl

DETROIT -- Tim Floyd will remain at Southern California despite an offer from Arizona and heavy interest from Memphis, sources told CBSSports.com on Thursday.

An official announcement is expected soon.

It's unclear what's next for Arizona.

However, multiple sources told CBSSports.com that Memphis was interested in pursuing Bruce Pearl up until the moment the Tennessee coach agreed to an extension with UT on Thursday night. That's a moot point now, obviously. So Memphis will keep looking for John Calipari's replacement with three ideal candidates -- Mike Anderson (Missouri), Floyd (USC) and Pearl (UT) -- already off the board.

Posted on: April 2, 2009 5:35 pm
Edited on: April 2, 2009 5:37 pm

Memphis and Arizona both involved with Floyd

DETROIT -- What has prevented Southern California's Tim Floyd from taking the Arizona job all day?


And this coaching carousel sure is getting crazy.

Here's the latest: Floyd has been considering an offer from Arizona, but one of the reasons he's stalled -- multiple sources told CBSSports.com on Thursday -- is because he's also being pursued by Memphis, which apparently came at Floyd with big money before it recognized that Tennessee's Bruce Pearl is a legitimate candidate. In other words, Floyd has essentially been weighing two opportunities -- Arizona and Memphis. But he'll have to pick soon because both schools are ready to move forward, one way or another.

Floyd has called a 6 p.m. ET news conference at USC.

Sources also told CBSSports.com that Memphis' next move, if necessary, will be toward Pearl. Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton informed a local newspaper that he would deny Memphis' request to speak with Pearl, but that hardly matters. Requesting permission is a courtesy, not a necessity. And considering FedEx CFO Alan Graf -- who is involved in the Memphis search -- is here in the same city as Pearl at the Final Four, Memphis and Pearl will talk if they want to talk, with our without Hamilton's permission.

Memphis could offer Pearl a package of around $3 million per year, according to sources.

Posted on: April 2, 2009 1:42 pm

Floyd still mulling offer from Arizona

DETROIT -- Southern California's Tim Floyd is considering an offer to become Arizona's next basketball coach, sources close to the situation have told CBSSports.com.

A formal announcement could come as early as Thursday, one source said. But both sources added that any reports of Floyd already accepting the job are "premature."

Multiple sources told CBSSports.com that Arizona athletic director Jim Livengood settled on Floyd after being rebuffed to varying degrees by several coaches -- among them Mark Few (Gonzaga), Rick Pitino (Louisville), Tom Izzo (Michigan State), John Calipari (Kentucky), Jamie Dixon (Pittsburgh) and Bruce Pearl (Tennessee).

Floyd has been at USC four seasons.

He's made three NCAA tournaments.

Posted on: April 1, 2009 9:38 pm
Edited on: April 2, 2009 10:51 am

Report: USC's Floyd in Arizona

DETROIT -- Tim Floyd is in Arizona, presumably meeting about succeeding Lute Olson.

KVOA News 4 in Tucson is reporting that Floyd traveled from Santa Monica to Tucson via private plane arranged by the University of Arizona. Sources told CBSSports.com that athletic director Jim Livengood opted to go this direction after being rebuffed to varying degrees by several coaches -- among them Mark Few (Gonzaga), John Calipari (Kentucky), Bruce Pearl (Tennessee), Jamie Dixon (Pittsburgh), Tom Izzo (Michigan State) and Rick Pitino (Louisville).

Floyd has been at Southern California four seasons.

He's made three NCAA tournaments.

Posted on: March 25, 2009 12:34 am

Pretty good at both

Eight schools have won a bowl game and NCAA tournament basketball game this season.

Three are from the Big 12.

Here's the list ...

  • Arizona (Pac-10)
  • Connecticut (Big East)
  • Kansas (Big 12)
  • LSU (SEC)
  • Maryland (ACC)
  • Missouri (Big 12)
  • Southern California (Pac-10)
  • Texas (Big 12)
Posted on: February 22, 2009 9:40 pm

Sidney commits to Southern California

Renardo Sidney committed to Southern California on Sunday.

Now we'll see if he ever actually enrolls.

The 6-foot-9 senior from Los Angeles (via Mississippi) reportedly dismissed the idea on Sunday that he might spend next year in Europe, but industry sources have repeatedly told CBSSports.com that Europe is a very real possibility, if only because Sidney isn't yet fully qualified. Either way, he's the third straight McDonald's All-American to commit to USC, following O.J. Mayo and DeMar DeRozan.

Sidney is rated as the fifth-best player in the Class of 2009.

His commitment means 17 of Scout.com's top 20 are now off the board.

Here's an updated look at Scout.com's top 20 prospects with their college situation in parenthesis:

1. Derrick Favors (committed to Georgia Tech )

2. John Wall (uncommitted)

3. John Henson (committed to North Carolina )

4. Xavier Henry (committed to Memphis )

5. Renardo Sidney (committed to Southern California )

6. DeMarcus Cousins (uncommitted )

7. Lance Stephenson (uncommitted)

8. Kenny Boynton (committed to Florida )

9. Abdul Gaddy (committed to Washington )

10. Avery Bradley (committed to Texas )

11. Ryan Kelly (committed to Duke )

12.  Daniel Orton (committed to Kentucky )

13. Jordan Hamilton (committed to Texas )

14. Alex Oriakhi (committed to Connecticut )

15. Dominic Cheek (committed to Villanova )

16. Wally Judge (committed to Kansas State )

17. Dante Taylor (committed to Pittsburgh )

18. Dexter Strickland (committed to North Carolina )

19. Mason Plumlee (committed to Duke )

20. Thomas Robinson (committed to Kansas )

Posted on: February 12, 2009 2:45 pm

Dear Gary (on why North Carolina is 'Carolina')

Here's Thursday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: Why does the national sports media identify the University of North Carolina as "Carolina"? In turn, they always identify the University of South Carolina as "South Carolina". I've lived in North and South Carolina for years, and residents of both states use the term "Carolina" for both universities. We understand and respect the moniker for both schools. Why can't the national media give the same respect?

-- Kenny

In short, because it would be confusing.

Right or wrong, when I type Carolina -- and I never do this, by the way -- people are trained to think of North Carolina, not South Carolina. Likewise, when I type USC -- and I do indeed do this -- people are trained to think of Southern California, not South Carolina.

Which means South Carolina really is in a tough spot.

South Carolina can't be Carolina or USC.

But on the bright side, the school does have the word Cocks all to itself.

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