It’s safe to say the USC Basketball program is in shambles.
On Tuesday, the last standing member of a promising and hopeful team departed. Tim Floyd, the head coach of USC the past four seasons, filed his resignation.
I couldn’t be happier.
Although Floyd took a battered USC team to three consecutive NCAA Tournament trips, it is becoming clearer he did it the wrong way.
Amid the O.J. Mayo investigation, Floyd stated it “was a lack of enthusiasm” that prompted him to leave the school.
And I couldn’t be happier.
In the past three years, yes the Trojans have appeared in the Sweet 16, won the Pac-10 Tournament, and sported such stars like Mayo and future NBA Lottery pick DeMar DeRozen.
But, in the past few months, everything has gone down the drain.
A top-five recruit for the 2009-10 season, Renardo Sidney, has already bailed out of his commitment with USC and is now heading to Ole Miss.
Along with that, two other recruits have decided to attend other universities after hearing of the trouble with USC and the scrutiny the program is under by the NCAA.
Not only that, but many young players are forgoing more school for the NBA Draft in the coming weeks.
Freshman sensation DeRozen, junior Taj Gibson, junior Daniel Hackett, and more are testing the NBA waters this month, hoping they don’t pull a "Davon Jefferson" from 2008.
After originally hearing about these departures, I was extremely upset. But through learning of Floyd’s resignation, I am starting to recognize what was going on with this deal.
Floyd seems like he was the right guy for USC's job.
But I have always felt he wasn’t doing the right things when he was running the program.
And when he “left” USC to interview for the University of Arizona job, it didn’t get much better. The fact that he left and betrayed the Trojans and nearly took an offer to coach a rival in Arizona was disheartening to all fans, players, and future recruits.
By playing hopscotch with these two basketball programs, he turned away many talented basketball players. They didn’t want to play for a coach who wasn’t solidified in his position.
A guy who would leave for a better job in a heartbeat.
A guy who had given a middle man the small sum of $1,000 to bring West Virginian native O.J. Mayo to Southern California.
A guy who was a good and knowledgeable on the basketball court, but not a good a good collegiate basketball coach.
These recruits took notice of what was quickly shaping up in University Park.
Now, Floyd has taken notice, too.
I think Floyd’s resignation is a great thing for the entire USC athletic department. As far as the basketball team goes, the team is absolutely in dire need of repair. It’s best if they just revamp everything and start over.
The basketball program has a great arena to build upon in the Galen Center. A great city to recruit for and a great university to back itself up with, as well.
With a new start, I feel happy for the future of USC Basketball.
And this resignation definitely has some affiliation with the USC football team and the ongoing investigation by the NCAA.
As most know, the NCAA had two simultaneous investigations: The aforementioned with O.J. Mayo and the one involving former Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush.
A few months ago, the NCAA actually conjoined the two into one major one, in an effort to decided if USC falls under the category of “lack of institutional control.”
Although USC may not have been able to prevent Bush’s incident, it can be argued the investigation into the basketball program was avoidable.
But with Floyd’s resignation, most can’t help but read into the situation.
Did he resign as a direct result of the investigation? Was it a coerced resignation forced upon by Athletic Director Mike Garrett?
Either way, I feel getting rid of Floyd is a real plus for USC Athletics.
Hopefully, the NCAA can begin to consider that USC has control of their athletic programs.
The one mistake that has befallen the program resulted because of an unethical coach in Floyd.
I still don’t believe the USC football program will be hit hard, if at all, as a result of the investigation. I just don’t see it happening.
The Floyd resignation story amid the basketball investigation certainly will help separate the two programs.
The Floyd's departure means big things for USC: The investigation can begin to clear up.
The basketball program can start back up again.
Also, football program can remain independent from the basketball program.
They are two different programs, right?
A lot has happened in the last few days involving Floyd and USC, but I’m pretty sure it’s all for the better.
Here’s to a good recovery for USC Basketball, and to Lakers Assistant Coach Brian Shaw becoming Floyd’s successor.
This article was originally written for The Purple Trojan
Brian Wagner is a Staff Writer at Most Valuable Network