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Can Haden turn USC’s basketball program around?


AD Pat Haden has promised to turn the USC men’s basketball program into a winner — and we should believe in him.  When the Trojan basketball team was defeated by No. 6 Arizona on Saturday, it definitely hurt. USC is a school accustomed to high standards in all facets of performance, be they academic, artistic […]

Cantu has little time to fix his team’s ills


The transition was never going to be seamless. That was quite evident last Saturday in Tucson, Ariz., as the USC men’s basketball team was run off the court by No. 8 Arizona in front of a sold-out McKale Center crowd. Less than 10 minutes in, the Trojans trailed 18-4, plagued by six quick turnovers. Things […]

USC men’s basketball team lacks consistency


Interim USC coach Bob Cantu picked up his first victory of the season Saturday night in a thrilling 69-68 victory over the Oregon State Beavers. The Trojans scored the go-ahead bucket with less than five seconds remaining and sealed the contest by blocking junior forward Devon Collier’s shot as time expired. But the game should […]

Firing of O’Neill is bad news for Kiffin


On Monday morning, I was woken up by the sound of my phone vibrating. Still groggy, I picked it up and was immediately snapped out of my daze: men’s basketball coach Kevin O’Neill had been fired. My initial thought was how strange the timing seemed: After all, the team had just won a game, something […]

What’s next for the USC basketball team?


On Monday morning, USC Athletic Director Pat Haden dismissed USC coach Kevin O’Neill after more than three seasons on the job. O’Neill was 48-65 during his time at USC, despite the fact that the team was coming off a 76-59 road victory over the Utah Utes and seemed to be gaining some momentum. Haden said […]

O’Neill ran out of time to show improvement


The stare was telling. It was the second half of a blowout home loss at the hands of Minnesota in early December.  USC Athletic Director Pat Haden, sitting courtside, wasn’t so much watching what was happening on the court but staring, fixated on USC coach Kevin O’Neill, who frantically paced the Galen Center sidelines. The […]