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da12ken 12-06-2004 04:59 PM

Bibby Fired from USC

First name that came to my mind as a replacement? Steve Lavin. Great recruiter (especially in Southern California) and good coach. I still believe he was somewhat unceremoniously axed at UCLA.

Marc 12-07-2004 12:52 AM

Yeah, he doesn't have a job yet? Geesh. He's a good coach, young and all. I think he'd be a good hire...

Alex 12-07-2004 08:17 AM

I'm disappointed Penn State didn't go after him when Jerry Dunn was fired and the "national search" turned up Ed DeChellis, who is rebuilding the program, but doesn't have Lavin's name recognition.

Lavin would be a good fit for SC. I too am surprised he has been in ESPN's studies for two years now. A lot of jobs have come and gone since. I wonder if he is contented with remaining an analyst?

Also, Rick Majerus is reportedly USC's early target.

da12ken 12-07-2004 05:40 PM

I don't see the logic in hiring Majerus. Yes, he is an outstanding coach and recruiter, but with his recent health problems how many years can he coach?

Lavin is a younger guy who has SoCal connections.

KevinBeane 12-08-2004 03:17 AM

The USC AD admitted the timing of this firing was "unorthodox" he wouldn't really elaborate on why they just blindsided us and Bibby (well, at least us). Anybody hear any dish?

doublee 12-08-2004 07:28 PM

My guess is that it has a lot to do with the fact that their top recruit quit the team about a month or so ago.

Marc 12-16-2004 08:17 PM

Majerus is going to coach USC:

I agree with what they were saying on PTI. Why is he going to wait to coach the team next season if he accepted now? What if the interim coach does really well? I'm not sure I really buy his reasons. Plus, he's not a great recruiter, never was, even though that's his job right now.

doublee 12-16-2004 08:30 PM

I don't know he must have been doing something right to produce three lottery picks there towards the end of his run in Utah. I cannot imagine that Utah is an easy place to sell for top name recruits. Besides, he does not have to be a great recruiter just win games. College sports are full of coaches who are great recruiters but can never seem to win when it matters. He did make a Final Four while at Utah and he should be able to pool better talent together with the resources he will have at his disposal at USC.

da12ken 12-18-2004 08:42 PM

Majerus resigns as USC coach and will return to ESPN.

Maybe he didn't like the administration, maybe his health. Either way USC needs to find someone else... boy that Steve Lavin is an awfully good analyst at ESPN. And he wasn't a bad coach...

Marc 12-19-2004 03:25 PM

Yeah, what's with that? Very strange to accept the job, then resign so soon. Odd. :uhoh:

da12ken 12-23-2004 04:57 PM

Tim #@%!ing Floyd!!!!

Marc 12-25-2004 10:51 PM

Yeah, can you believe that? Incredible. Sucks for USC, unless, of course, he is truly a good college coach, but stinks incredibly in the NBA.

Noon 12-25-2004 11:33 PM

Or he just incredibly stinks at picking NBA jobs. It's not like either of his former NBA teams have risen from the Tim Floyd ashes. As a KU fan, I was forced to watch the Floyd program at Iowa State. The guy can coach.

KevinBeane 12-26-2004 01:47 AM

I was about to bring up Iowa State too, where he was very successful. Add another coach to to the Carroll-Holtz-Spurrier great college/bad pro coaches list.

El Jefe 01-11-2005 06:45 PM a Bruin fan, nothing would please me more than seeing Steve Lavin as USC head coach. That would mean years of misery for the Trojans. :D

I won't beat around the bush. Steve Lavin might be a strong recruiter, but he is a terrible, TERRIBLE coach. Anyone who watched his years at UCLA should've been able to notice the wild inconsistency with talent-laden teams. He rode that UCLA name through recruiting and ended up dragging it through the mud. Don't be fooled by those Sweet 16 appearances...he only won 1 of those games, with Jim Harrick's team. That just happened to be his best year...his first as head coach.

His teams would give up, losing in historic fashion to the likes of Cal, and then somehow pull it together to beat Stanford at Maples every time they had that No.1 ranking. And even when the team didn't look too promising heading into the Big Dance, Lavin would rally his troops to win 2-in-a-row...and then have a miserable showing the next weekend. This was a re-occuring situation.

He just doesn't know how to gameplan well...and the results show that. With the amount of talented teams he had, the sad thing was you never saw any of those players improve year-by-year. They basically were the same player their entire careers at UCLA. Examples? Gadzuric. Kapono. Knight. Ray Young. The only guy I remember improving over the years (and in turn became my favorite player to watch) was Matt Barnes.

The funny thing is I like him as a color guy on ESPN. It fits his personality, seeing as he knows how to play the media card VERY well. I hope he becomes the next Dick Vitale. heh.

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