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While you were watching golf (or otherwise enjoying your Father's Day weekend), the USC Trojans were finally settling their coaching vacancy. So who was it? Reggie Theus? P.J. Carlesimo? Jamie Dixon? Just kidding; of course it wasn't Jamie Dixon. That was not a serious question.

None of the above. Despite all the signs USC was leaning toward hiring the flashy Theus, USC athletic director Mike Garrett fooled us all, selecting someone previously umentioned in pre-hire rumors: Kevin O'Neill. He's tricky like that, I guess.

But you know the news already. You want the reaction. You want the analysis. You want the 140 characters of truth you can only find on a coach's Twitter stream. Today, Tom Crean is that coach, and @tomcrean is that Twitter feed:

Two parts congratulatory, one part ouch. Such is the nature of taking over the USC gig as it stands right now. It's a gamble -- USC could end up in a crippled position for years to come, or, like Indiana, it could have one or two years of really bad, empty-roster basketball followed by a quick return to legitimacy (assuming Crean's No. 8-ranked 2009 recruiting returns them to some form of legitimacy, that is). Either way, it's a way back into college basketball for O'Neill after the Lute Olson Arizona debacle in 2007-08, and a chance to rebuild a program from what will apparently be the depths of the Pac-10.

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