Numerous media outlets are reporting that Tim Floyd is likely to be announced as the next coach at the University of Arizona. The announcement could come as early Thursday.
Floyd leaving USC for Arizona could be seen as poetic justice for long time Arizona fans, especially after U of A football coach Larry Smith left Arizona for USC following the 1986 season.
Floyd has led the Trojans to the NCAA Tournament the last three seasons. This past season, the Trojans won the Pac-Ten Tournament to earn the conference's automatic bid. USC finished 22-13, and advanced to the second round before losing to Midwest Regional Champion Michigan State.
Floyd has posted an 85-50 record during his four seasons in Los Angeles. He led the Trojans to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances for the first time in school history. Floyd could be just what Arizona is looking for. His previous college stops include Iowa State, New Orleans and Idaho.
At Iowa State, Floyd posted a similar record of 81-49. He led the Cyclones to three straight 20-win seasons for the first time. Floyd first burst on to the scene at New Orleans, by going 127-58 in six seasons. He led the Privateers to two NCAA Tournament appearances during his tenure.
At USC, Floyd was able to raise their national profile. He recruited superstar O.J. Mayo, who became the third overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft. Demar Derozan could become another freshman lottery pick in June.
With the cupboard bare at Arizona, Floyd could be just what the Wildcats need. A pair of Floyd's recruits at USC could follow him to Arizona. Reynardo Sidney and Solomon Hill both gave Floyd oral commitments, but had yet to sign letters of intent.
Sidney is a 6'9", 265lb C/F who would give the Wildcats an inside presence with the likely loss of Center Jordan Hill to the NBA draft a year early.
Solomon Hill is 6'6", 215lb, and ironically, originally committed to Arizona. He would fit perfectly at small forward. If Floyd can bring in those two, it shouldn't be difficult to convince starting point guard Nic Wise to return for his senior season.
The only other options for Wise would be to declare himself for the NBA Draft, where he would likely be a second round pick, or to transfer. If he does decide to move on to another school, Wise would have to sit out 2010.
With the spring signing period coming up, and other coaching moves happening, Arizona might be able to salvage a decent recruiting class.
The Announcement could come as early as today.
Let the Tim Floyd era at Arizona begin.