Tim Floyd and USC want to talk about the former New Orleans Hornets coach taking over the Trojans' basketball program. Floyd's agent, Bill Becknell, said yesterday that Floyd was...
LOS ANGELES — Tim Floyd and USC want to talk about the former New Orleans Hornets coach taking over the Trojans’ basketball program.
Floyd’s agent, Bill Becknell, said yesterday that Floyd was contacted by USC on Monday. That was the same day Rick Majerus resigned — less than a week after being hired as the school’s men’s basketball coach.
The Los Angeles Daily News reported yesterday that Floyd has agreed to take the job provided he can work out a financial settlement with the Hornets. But both sides told The Associated Press that no agreement had been reached.
“We’re still in the process of looking for a basketball coach,” USC spokesman Tim Tessalone said. “As of this morning, we have no announcement regarding a new hire. Tim Floyd is obviously one of the coaches we’re looking at.”
Floyd, 50, was fired with two years remaining on his contract with the Hornets.
“Nothing has been worked out,” Becknell said by telephone from New Orleans. “I have spoken with representatives of USC, but it hasn’t gone beyond that so far.
“He was told that he was one of the coaches on their list and they want to talk to him. He does have an interest. He hasn’t made a decision. I don’t know whether there’s one to be made at this point until I have further discussions with the university. He does appreciate their interest.”
Becknell said he doesn’t believe that working things out with the Hornets will be a problem.
“It would be sometime next week before I could sit down with them,” he said.
USC fired Henry Bibby on Dec. 6 — just four games into the season. Assistant Jim Saia was promoted to interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Majerus resigned five days after being hired, claiming he wasn’t fit enough to handle the job. He was going to take over after this season.
The Hornets were 41-41 last season under Floyd, who also coached the Chicago Bulls to a 49-190 record in three-plus seasons.
Floyd’s teams at the University of New Orleans were 127-58 in eight seasons before he took the job at Iowa State, where his teams were 81-49 in four years.
Last night’s games
At California 61, Pepperdine 58
Richard Midgley’s three-pointer as time expired lifted California over Pepperdine in the Golden Bear Classic.
Midgley had missed nine of his first 10 shots before connecting on a pair of three-pointers in the final minute, the last of which lifted the Bears (7-3) to their fourth win in the past five games.
It is the eighth time in 12 years that California has won its own tournament.
Glen McGowan scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to pace Pepperdine (8-4), which led for most of the game before going cold in the final five minutes.
At Stanford 84, Montana 66
Dan Grunfeld scored 18 points to help Stanford to its 18th consecutive home victory.
Tim Morris and Matt Haryasz each scored 11 for the Cardinal (6-4), which won its fourth in a row.
Kevin Criswell scored 16 points to lead Montana (4-7).