BREAKING...Kevin O'Neill is USC's next basketball coach


I am seeing it on ESPN and I just saw Pete Carroll Tweet the news...

Unbelievable...

I will have more when it becomes available...

UPDATE I:

Here is the official press release (with Video with Mike Garrett).

Kevin O'Neill, who has 13 years of collegiate and NBA head coaching experience, has been named the men's basketball head coach at USC, Trojan athletic director Mike Garrett announced today (June 20).

"We're thrilled to have Kevin O'Neill as our men's basketball coach," said Garrett. "Kevin is the consummate coach. He knows his Xs and Os, 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."

Said O'Neill: "I'm very excited about this opportunity to coach at such a great institution as USC, with its tremendous athletic and academic tradition. I appreciate Mike Garrett's confidence in me. I will work my hardest to coach us to a championship level every single day. I can't wait to get started."

Feel free to add your comments...

UPDATE #2:

Hear is the write-up in the OCR.

Said O’Neill: “I’m very excited about this opportunity to coach at such a great institution as USC, with its tremendous athletic and academic tradition. I appreciate Mike Garrett’s confidence in me. I will work my hardest to coach us to a championship level every single day. I can’t wait to get started.”

He takes over for Tim Floyd, who resigned on June 9 after 4 seasons at USC. The Trojans won at least 20 games and made the NCAA tourney in each of the last 3 seasons, both school records.

O’Neill, 52, has worked in the basketball coaching ranks for 30 years, most recently spending the 2009 season as an assistant coach and special assistant to the general manager of the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies.

I am just not seeing how this is going to help us. If he wasn't good enough to keep the job after being interim coach for Lute Olson what makes anyone believe he would be good enough for us. But hey! He has some pro experience so we have got that going for us...You can hear them laughing from all the way in Tucson.

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