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June 20, 2009 at 1:49 PM

USC finds a coach

This is already a few hours old, but USC made a rather out-of-the-blue move today in hiring Kevin O’Neill as its new basketball coach to replace Tim Floyd.
Here’s the take from ESPN.com and the official release from USC via Scott Wolf’s blog.
The LA Times, meanwhile, writes that USC fans don’t seem overly thrilled by the hire. I wrote a week ago that the silver lining in this could have been that USC would finally have the chance to get it right when it comes to men’s basketball. Hard to tell right now if O’Neill is that guy. While it seems like he’s been around forever, he’s only 52, so this isn’t necessarily a short-term hire. And he had some success at Northwestern when he was regarded as an up-and-comer. But his tenures at Tennessee and Northwestern were failures and as the Times story indicates above, this isn’t the type of hire to energize the fan base.
Hard to judge much his one-year stint at Arizona two years ago when he filled in for Lute Olson and led UA to a 19-15 record. But you have to figure that stint helped him get this job as it gave him some up-to-date knowledge of the Pac-10 and its recruiting territory. And maybe his no-nonsense style and defensive mindset (which fits in with much of the rest of the conference) might be what the Trojans need right now.
Doug Haller of the Arizona Republic, meanwhile, points out that O’Neill is the seventh new coach in the conference in the last two years, a pretty amazing run of turnover. AS his chart shows, Lorenzo Romar is No. 2 in the conference in longeviety, and with things always uncertain in Eugene, No. 1 may be beckoning soon.

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