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Good article in the Orange County Register
I know that most of you want a big name seasoned BB coach...but wouldn't it be great to see Coach Cantu finish off the season on a spectacular note, and end up as the long term answer for Trojan Basketball? It would be great to be one of those programs that a coach takes to national prominence...and a dynasty...and stays!
Well, we can hope, anyway!
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This post was edited by usctrojan1 14 months ago
"Here are provided seats of meditative joy, where shall rise again the destined reign of Troy." Virgil
I'm 100% with you on this L. Love his presence on the court, his interactions with the team and the results. In a short time results are dramatically better. Don't know the exact figures, but I bet free throw % alone is up 15 %. Guy flat out knows how to coach. At least give him this year and next to show his true ability.
Agree with both of you. What a story it would be...
There's something to be said for great coaches that are also loyal, and not just looking for that next gig/payday. Always a grain of salt with any 'splash hire' at any head/assistant coaching position for basketball or football.
Obviously nobody is ready call either Cantu nor Kiffin great coaches yet, but I don't question their loyalty. I believe if they're successful and given the opportunity to stay and build something, they will. Can't be said about a lot of guys.
Great post. My thoughts exactly.
I worked with Cantu's wife and remember him being offered head coaching gigs at smaller Cal State programs in the past. He strongly felt he was at a better position at a larger program and wanted hold out for something better. Although I don't feel he's the answer for the SC job today, he is a very effective coach and forges great relationships with the players. Bob's done an exceptional job since taking over! I wish nothing but the best for him and his future.
Amazing to see how the team has responded to him. Shows that just because you can coach doesn't mean you should lead young men. I think his attitude has really rubbed off on the kids.
I'm conflicted on this one.
Like the rest of you, I'm thrilled at the job Cantu is doing and for our winning streak. Having said that, most interim -> full time coach contracts only run for a 1 year extension which leads to two problems:
1. The year after next, the team is going to have a HUGE turnover.
2. The prospects that can full this void are mostly in the 2014 class which is supposedly one of the deepest CA class in awhile.
Would these kids (sans the one and dones) be okay with jumping onto a squad where the coaching situation is anything but a sure thing? (NOTE: this situation seems to be quite fitting for our football program also as many of us witnessed).
This post was edited by Ray4SC 14 months ago
Coach Cantu is a great story, and one that deserves a few more chapters here at USC IMO.
He changed/altered the culture of this team by the end of his first practice, and it clearly shows.
Splashy, proven, respected and solid character coaches, whom build winning programs, can come from the most unsuspecting places.
I am rooting for him to continue in his current role.
I am fully behind the Fighting Cantus and have been wondering for awhile when Cantu becomes a legitimate option for Haden.
As it stands now he's looking to me like the right man, but it also depends how he closes out the season. If he can keep it up, Haden will have a very tough decision.
He's certainly put some fire in the kids...they're playing with more control, actually running plays, and every now and then boxing out. Based on his substitution I think he knows what he's missing and what he has...which goes a long way.
The questions are can he recruit and can he coach up players. I'd like to think he can actually teach the game (missing in our last coach).
I'd give him a shot at recruiting...what the heck...our AD spent 3 wasted years on a coach we KNEW couldn't get the job done why not give an unknown the chance to PROVE he can get the job done.
Fight On Coach Cantu!
I pretty much agree with everyone here. Give him a shot and see what happens. Couldn't be worse than what we had with O'Neil and we might just get a gem of a head coach out of it!
Absolutely, 100% agree.
The Cantu experiment is Exhibit A in "coaching matters"
I would think this turnaround would catch the eye of some big names across the country...USC a sleeping giant? A challenge to make USC as well known for BB as it's historical prestige in FB?
Mama L I agree with your original sentiment, nothing speaks louder than results. Coach Cantu is doing the work... And winning. Big FIGHT ON to Coach Cantu because apparently Coach Cantu ... CAN do!
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Excellent contribution. Seriously.
It will also depend on who comes up in the national search. I think Cantu's name will be in the pot and if he stands out among the others, largely contingent on how the team does this year, he'll get the job.
Cry Havoc; and let slip the dogs of war!
How willing will Haden be to keep an interim coach that does well during the trial period? Didn't he do that with Cruz when the last baseball coach was fired? Look how that turned out.
I like Cantu, but I can't help but think the baseball experience is in the back of Pat's head.
Cruz was bad during his interim period and Haden kept him anyway
The expectation should be that SC makes the tourney every year. If Cantu can do that, then sign him. If not, find someone that can.
Fight On! Leave No Doubt.
I think he may play himself into a year. I like Cantu a lot on the staff but not sure about this. He has this team playing very well but this happens pretty often with interims. Romeo Crennel last season comes to mind.
Personally I think SC HAS to land the right guy this time. A great recruiter would be huge with the turnover you talk about. Just hate to see Cantu miss out but feel he is not the guy needed....
I think you're saying it should be a PROVEN head coach...which unfortunately, CBC isn't yet.
Maybe not completely fair to someone who's been as loyal as CBC has been but it is a business. Considering Haden decided to let Galen remain empty for an additional 2 or 3 years I don't think he has the luxury of an experiment at this point. Baseball is different...it doesn't generate much in revenue anyhow so Haden can sleep on the hire and not cost SC much.
His nap thru the last 3 years has resulted IMO in a requirement for a no-miss hire this time around.
This post was edited by jpltrojan1 14 months ago
It will depend on who else is available and how strong we finish down the stretch.
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