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totally agree! +1
you gotta start somewhere, not a basketball power yet.
one of the post's above says this will be Haden's first HC hire...
i feel that he shouldn't and won't settle with just a good coach, i think he will bring in someone that can make things happen, would be nice to stop seeing the best CA recruits go east. or to Ucla.
The right coach can have USC contending for the final four with 1 recruiting class.
2014 has some very good players - Jordan McLaughlin, Stanley Johnson, Malik Pope, Daniel Hamilton.
I am gonna go on record right now that (unless Kantu gets the team to the tournament) our next hire is going to be a good one.
It's all there. USC will pony up the money. It's time.
Cry Havoc; and let slip the dogs of war!
Looking forward to good hire.... lets spend some of that pac12 network money!
Haden makes the right move (a little late, but the right move)... hopefully he has a few names in mind already.
Good luck to KO.
Fight On! Leave No Doubt.
Josh Pastner sounds like a Haden type coach. 35 years old, 1 of the top 5 recruiters in College Basketball, wins 73% of his games(87-32) , and doesn't use profanity.
Enough UA retreads please. Thanks.
Pastner makes $1.7M at Memphis
What is happiness? The feeling that power is growing, that resistance is overcome.--Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
I think Reggie Theus would be a great option. Has strong connections in LA, NBA coach on resume, can actually relate to the kids unlike KO, etc.
Are we thinking that an announcement comes at the end of the season.
“Close tax loopholes that allow some of the truly wealthy to avoid paying their fair share,” Reagan vowed.
Rumor going around is Reggie Theus and Greenberg.Both are good,but I lean toward Theus because of his AAU connections.
I saw Kurt Rambis offered as a possibility
Not everyone is John Calipari. Not even John Calipari is "John Calipari"--just look at his team this season. Talented as hell, but immature. Getting a squad of elite freshmen to dominate is a crapshoot.
I'm not expecting greatness out of the new coach in year 1. Probably not even year 2. If we can be a tournament team in the third year, I'll be pretty happy. Though, rereading your post, maybe that's what you meant.
Then again, I'm from Kansas and I'm a huge KU basketball fan, so I'm spoiled and not too worried about SC's immediate future. I'd love to see us be great in five years, though.
I wonder if he has the outward enthusiasm needed to be a good recruiter. He always seems verbally sedate to me.
I live in MN. He was a disaster for the Timberwolves. Rick Adelman has been a much better coach here.
Ya, I never said year 1, I said 1 recruiting class (the first true recruiting class). It has happened countless of times that the first recruiting class of a new coaching staff leads to great results. In our case, that would be the 2014 class. If the new coach can lock down great talent in the 2014 class, by the time they are sophomores (so the coaches 3rd year), USC could be a final four team.
Howland - Year 1 - played with Lavins players, but signed Afflalo, Farmer and Shipp in his 1st true recruiting class. Year 2, suffered through an average FR year (made NCAA), but year 3,4,5 - made at least the NCAA final 4. Can also look at how UCLA has turned it around this year with a great recruiting class.
Jeff Capel - Got his elite recruit in Blake Grffin, by his 3rd year, OU was in the Elite 8.
Thad Matta - It took Thad Matta 2 years to really turn around OSU, but by his 3rd year with Oden and Conley, he had OSU in the Championship game.
Sean Miller - It took Sean Miller 2 years to turn around Arizona (he can thank Derrick Williams b/c he didn't have to wait a full recruiting cycle to get an elite player).
Even Floyd's first true recruiting class turned around the program relatively quickly - Taj, Hackett, Lewis all played roles in USC getting to the Sweet 16 in Floyd's 2nd year.
I can find countless examples of coaches that really turn around a program with the 1 recruiting class. The usual time line FR class leads team to NCAA, when they return as SO, team has the chance to go very far. If you aren't at least in the NCAA after 3 years, that coach isn't going to get the job done.
The more i hear about Reggie Theus the more I like.
If he does have some solid AAU connections that is huge and #1
-Hes an L.A. guy
-top 10 draft pick with a very solid 12 year NBA career.
-HC and asst coach in the NBA.
-recruits will love his NBA experience
-successful 2 years coaching at New Mexico St.
Bring on Reggie!
You left out the best part: being the head coach of the LA D-Fenders!
you work hard, you get what you deserve...don't stand there with your hand out
It is indeed mind boggling that USC hasn't been able to achieve more frequent success in basketball given its resources, but at this point, what's the best we can hope for realistically?
In the history of the NCAA tournament, there have been 296 final four spots earned by various schools. Nine schools - North Carolina, Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, UCLA, Ohio St., Louisville, Indiana, and Michigan St. - account for 116 of those spots, or 39%. Let's look at last year's final four: Kentucky, Kansas, Ohio St., Louisville. Who was atop the AP poll on Jan. 14? Louisville, Indiana, Duke and Kansas. 1985 was the last year that one of those schools was not in the final four, before that, 1956. It's very difficult to crack that club over a sustained period.
Calhoun, Boeheim, and John Thompson have been to multiple final fours without coaching at one of the aforementioned schools, but in their cases, they were at their respective schools for over a decade before reaching a final four.
Lute Olsen took Arizona to a final four in his fifth year there, and Billy Donovan took Florida in his fourth year. Unless we're expecting USC to do something unprecedented, those seem to be the best-case models to replicate in order for USC to be considered some kind of giant within the next 10 years.
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