Report: USC reached out to FloydBy The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Tue, Mar 5, 2013 12:11 PM EST
Former USC coach Tim Floyd met with Trojans athletic director Pat Haden about the men's head basketball coaching vacancy, Floyd told The Los Angeles Times on Monday. He said the three-hour meeting "went well." Floyd, the current coach at Texas-El Paso, guided the Trojans to a school-record three straight NCAA tournament appearances from 2007-09. He resigned at USC in June 2009 amid an NCAA probe of the football and basketball programs regarding alleged improper conduct. Specifically, the NCAA investigated the recruitment of guard O.J. Mayo, who left after one season and was drafted No. 3 overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves. The NCAA found that Floyd personally committed no violations, but punished the school for Mayo's alleged actions. The Trojans also self-imposed their own sanctions by not participating in any postseason tournaments the season after Floyd left. A USC spokesman told the paper that Haden won't comment until he completes his coaching search. Floyd told The Times Monday that he wanted his former players and coaches to know that he spoke about the job. "I feel they should know that USC reached out, that no violations were found by the NCAA with USC basketball," Floyd told the paper. "I felt like I got my name back when I got offered a number of jobs when I left USC. Pat and I talked at length." Floyd's successor, Kevin O'Neill, was fired in January and replaced on an interim by Bob Cantu.
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