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USC needed a change, some excitement involving the basketball program. It's been neglected, but has potential, with all the talent in California.
The Galen Center is beautiful, top facility, and the only way to fill it, is exciting BB....best thing is to bring in a young coach who can draw in recruits. a big name coach out there isn't going to look at USC, so we can only do what we can do.
USC has the money, and it's expensive to live in L.A., more so where most of the coaches live out here..like Manhattan Beach.
"Here are provided seats of meditative joy, where shall rise again the destined reign of Troy." Virgil
Is it as bad as Auburn's?
I would have tried to throw a lot of money at Shaka Smart if that were the case.
Guys like Smart and Stevens weren't leaving for USC. They're waiting for bigger gigs.
It wasn't for lack of trying.
Tim Floyd was great at USC
He was really starting to build something nice
He got thrown under the bus by Mike Garrett and was totally exonerated by the NCAA
When the sanctions hit, those three players he recruited bolted to Arizona and took them to the Elite 8 in 2011
He begged Mike Garrett to get Rodney Guillory away from his team and MG told him no because Guillory had convinced him he was a heavy hitter in the Music Business who could bring in much needed income for the Galen Center
We even tried to hire him back a few weeks ago and he said "That Is Pretty Funny"
But he was a very good hire for us and if we hadnt taken O J Mayo, he would still be there IMO and going to the Big Dance most years
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Why not target Tubby Smith then instead of letting Texas Tech get him ? I thought Tim Floyd was a good fit there.. I just think Enfield is a huge risk for such an unproven coach.
Golden is better then Jimbo... I feared it was true. He is going to hoist a crystal ball there - fsufsu
I don't think there was much interest in Tubby Smith...couldn't tell you why.
We'll see what happens, All I know is, most people are happy....life is full of taking risks.
To each his own. Best of luck...
He is a risk, but he is already 100 times the option that Kevin O'Neill was. Don't know what Garrett was thinking with that hire.
It didn't help that our crosstown rival was also looking for a coach, so we had even less of a chance to get our guy, whoever that was. It was initially Jamie Dixon, but he re-upped with Pitt.
Tubby wasn't really an option. I don't think we were going after a coach that old. Why not go after a coach who's almost 20 years younger who plays a simple style of basketball that is also exciting at the same time? We know we're not competing for FF appearances right now, we couldn't land any local top 50 kids or 2-3 top 100 ones. Enfield has done more good in his two years at FGCU than O'Neill has done his entire coaching career. I also like the fact that he learned from Rick Pitino, although it was 15 years ago.
If he doesn't work out, its not like we signed him for 10 years at 2+ million. We can make a change after a couple of years if it doesn't work out.
Then you are back to square one...
I'd take the Ben Howland scraps & win the Pac10 in UCLA's face. You know dang well he'd love to stick it to them.. It might not be a flashy hire but the man can coach. JMO though.
I think he wants out of L.A. tbh. He was hoping to return to Pitt had Dixon come to USC. I think he heads east.
I wouldn't have minded it, but his message becomes stale after a couple of years and his players stop listening to him. He also shows huge favoritism to other players as well.
Howland burned every bridge possible in the LA school/ AAU scene. Huge reason why he had to go OOS to get guys in the past class. Even moron Ruin fans knew Howland was damaged goods... too bad they ended up getting a scumbag coach who defends his rapist players.
When you have time, I'd love to read cliffs on what happened. Never heard that before.
Article here gives a bit of perspective.
It is difficult to discern the exact moment when Ben Howland's career turned, when he transformed from seemingly the ideal coach to lead the program that John Wooden made famous to a guy UCLA will pay a reported $3.5 million just to go away after 10 seasons in Westwood. But if you were to venture a guess, if you were to try to pinpoint the beginning of Howland's end, a good place to start would be in late July 2009.
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