USC's Tim Floyd Turns Down Arizona: Wildcats, I've Got the Perfect Coach for You

Jonny SAnalyst IApril 2, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - MARCH 23: Head Coach Tim Floyd of the University of Southern California looks on from the sideline against the University of North Carolina Tar Heels during the NCAA Men's East Regional Semifinal at Continental Airlines Arena on March 23, 2007 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Just 24 hours ago, ESPN and other sports outlets were reporting that Tim Floyd was leaving USC for the University of Arizona.

Amazing how much changes in one day.

Now comes the official word: Floyd isn't going anywhere. Floyd will remain at USC after three straight 20-win seasons. For USC fans this is good news because under Floyd the Trojans have been the most consistent they have been in over a decade. Not to mention Floyd has another stellar recruiting class headed to L.A., including McDonald's All-American Renardo Sidney.

When Floyd originally took the job at USC he told the program, fans, and players that it would be his last coaching job and he would like to end his career as the Trojans' coach. A few hours ago Floyd looked like another coach backing out on his word and proving yet again why coaching in general has become a joke.

Some local Los Angeles media outlets are claiming that at USC's banquet dinner on Tuesday night Floyd told the players who were considering the jump to the NBA to stay because they had "Final Four" potential and he wanted to stay at USC for good. Could this have been a main reason why Floyd stayed? I would think so.

Now Trojans' fans can only hope that players like Taj Gibson, Daniel Hackett, and even Freshman sensation Demar DeRozan will listen to Floyd and come back for next season. If so, is it too premature to think the Trojans may indeed be the PAC 10 favorites next season?

As for Arizona...the search continues. Names like Xavier's head coach Sean Miller are rumored, even Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon is rumored to be on the Wildcat's short list.

If I were Arizona there is one coach who hasn't coached in a few years that I would call to help rebuild their program, and no it is not Bob Knight. The very same guy I am about to mention would have also been my top choice for USC's replacement had Tim Floyd chosen to leave USC.

Drum rolls... Arizona, call ESPN and ask to speak to Steve Lavin! Yes, Steve Lavin. You are going to have to cough up major bucks for Miller or Capel or Dixon so you might as well buy Lavin out of his deal with ESPN and name him your new head coach.

Why you ask? I'll tell you why. When Lavin took over the UCLA program in 1996, he had to completely rebuild a program that was coming off recruiting violations from Jim Harrick. Not only did Lavin turn them around, he actually built them up into "UCLA" again.

His team made six straight tournaments. He and Duke's head coach, Coach K, are the ONLY two head coaches to lead their teams to five straight Sweet 16 appearances.  In those appearances he made the Final 4 once and Elite 8 once. Seven of the players Lavin recruited are currently still playing in the NBA. He was also the assistant coach at UCLA in 1995 when they last won a national championship.

Coaching at Arizona you need to be able to recruit California and keep Arizona players in state... Lavin is capable of doing both. He has charm, knowledge (Assisted for Purdue's legendary Coach Gene Keady), and he has the ability and experience to make Arizona relevant again.

Plus, the dry desert air would keep that slicked back hair as shiny as ever!