Former USC basketball coach Tim Floyd was hired as the top assistant coach for the New Orleans Hornets.
The announcement came on the heels of the firing of head coach Byron Scott, who was dismissed after only nine games.
The Hornets had high expectations coming into the season after the acquisition of center Emeka Okafor to complement All-Star point guard Chris Paul. However, the Hornets only had a 3-6 start to the season, including a twenty-point loss to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday.
Scott will be replaced by general manager Jeff Bower.
Floyd was previously the head coach of the Hornets during the 2003-2004 season. At USC, Floyd led the Trojans to an 85-48 record, including a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Floyd resigned as the head coach of USC in June of 2009, amidst allegations that he used cash to attract guard O.J. Mayo to the university.
Floyd, who has kept a low profile since resigning from USC, recently made headlines trying breaking up a fight involving several women at the Morongo Casino in Palm Desert, Calif.