It has just been announced that Kevin O’Neill will replace Tim Floyd as the head coach of USC’s men’s basketball team. O’Neill has been working in both the NCAA and the NBA, most recently as an assistant coach and special assistant to the general manager of the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies.
“We’re thrilled to have Kevin O’Neill as our men’s basketball coach,” said USC athletic director Mike Garrett. “Kevin is the consummate coach. He knows his X’s and O’s; he’s an excellent recruiter, and he is very in tune with the academic side of a player’s collegiate experience. His 30 years of experience at the college and professional levels has prepared him well for this opportunity.
“I love his coaching philosophy and principles: he’s a no-nonsense coach who is very detail-oriented and prepares his teams well. He stresses defense, and I’ve always believed that defense wins championships.”
Floyd had resigned on June 9 after four seasons with USC after allegedly giving $1,000 to someone who helped persuade O.J. Mayo to play for the Trojans.