There is a pretty good interview over at CSTV with Coach Tim Floyd, done by CSTV's Steve Brauntuch.
In it Floyd talks about his recruiting roots, his early days at SC, the benefits of the Galen Center and USC rise last season and their future.
On his roots
On his early days at USC
...We were in a place where kids actually grew up wanting to go to school at USC, and I didn't want to sell this program short. So I had to put a philosophy in place that kind of revolved around taking young players or high school players...
On O.J. Mayo
Floyd really gives some great answers and you can tell he is really excited about the upcoming season.
USC's basketball season is going to start a little early this year with a three game trip to Mexico on Labor Day weekend.
The Aug. 31-Sept. 3 foray to Puerto Vallarta will do more than give Tim Floyd's team a jump on the season. It will give the Trojans a 10-day practice period six weeks before official practice begins Oct. 15.
That's going to be a wild weekend. Talk about overload there is going to be a lot to talk about as that weekend approaches. There are high hopes for both programs and all eyes will be on O.J. Mayo and Joe McKnight when their respective teams take the field.
The Schedule is almost set:
After the Anaheim tournament Nov. 22-25, USC plays host to Oklahoma in the Pac-10/Big 12 Classic on Nov. 29. Then come the biggest dates on the non-conference schedule.
In a Dec. 2 game televised by Fox Sports, USC will play host to what is expected to be a Top 5 Kansas team. The game was originally planned as a Dec. 1 nightcap to the Trojans-Bruins football game at the Coliseum.
On Dec. 4, the Trojans will battle highly regarded Memphis in the Jimmy V. Classic at New York's Madison Square Garden.
I will be at MSG no doubt about it! It will be great to see Mayo in person.
Where will they be ranked?
We have some work to as the critics have some questions. I'm fine with that though, let them gush over the bruins, god knows they have been screaming about a lack of recognition. I'm fine with SC flying under the radar, hopefully it will keep the pressure to perform at a decent level.