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Men’s basketball also has promising recruits


Buried beneath the hoopla that is college football’s national signing day is a surprising statistic about another upcoming recruiting class at USC. The men’s basketball team currently has the No. 34 group of prospects in the country, according to ESPN. Yes, the team that just fired its coach, sits at 9-13 overall (good for ninth […]

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 […]

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 […]

Making the case for patience with Kiffin


The whispers started with USC’s loss to Stanford in mid-September. They grew louder after the shocking upset loss at Arizona in late October. When USC Athletic Director Pat Haden indicated before the Notre Dame game that Kiffin would be retained for next season, no matter the result of the looming matchup versus the Fighting Irish, […]

Can USC compete for a BCS bowl in 2013?


Point: USC’s forgiving Pac-12 and non-conference schedule will allow the team to work out its kinks. After last season’s 50-0 demolition of UCLA put the finishing touches on a 10-2 campaign, there was plenty of optimism heading into the offseason. Visions of Matt Barkley, Robert Woods and Marqise Lee danced in the heads of USC […]