Tim Floyd out at USC

    
June 11th, 2009
The lasting image of Tim Floyd's tenure at USC won't be the celebration following the Trojans' run to the Pac-10 tournament title. Instead, it will be an alleged payment of $1,000 to a runner and the mass exodus of key players this offseason. With a program severely hampered by the NCAA's ongoing investigation, Coach Floyd turned in a letter of resignation to athletic director Mike Garrett on Tuesday afternoon as reported by the Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Mississippi. Floyd is a native of Mississippi and according to sources the allegations had taken a toll on the coach.

"As of 1 p.m. today, I am resigning as head basketball coach at the University of Southern California," wrote Coach Floyd in the letter. "I appreciate the opportunity afforded me by the university, as well as the chance to know and work with some of the finest young men in college athletics. Unfortunately, I no longer feel I can offer the level of enthusiasm to my duties that is deserved by the university, my coaching staff, my players, their families, and the supporters of Southern Cal."

"I always promised my self and my family that if I ever felt I could no longer give my full enthusiasm to a job, that I should leave it to others who could. I intend to contact my coaching staff and my players in coming days and weeks to tell them how much each of them means to me. I wish the best to USC and to my successor."

Things took a turn for the worse back on May 12th due to an investigation by Yahoo! Sports, with Louis Johnson, once a friend of OJ Mayo, alleging that Floyd gave runner Rodney Guillory $1,000 to funnel to Mayo. Guillory, who worked for the Bill Duffy Sports Agency, eventually delivered the prospect to Duffy's agency when he declared for the NBA Draft. The NCAA combined the investigation of Mayo with that of former football star Reggie Bush, who is alleged to have received illegal benefits in the six-figure range while playing for the school.

Floyd leaves USC with a record of 85-50 over four seasons at the school, and an overall mark of 328-180 in sixteen seasons at the collegiate level. Coach Floyd also had head coaching stints in the NBA with Chicago and New Orleans, but it remains to be seen what his next move could be. Last year Kelvin Sampson left Indiana amidst an NCAA investigation and became an assistant for the Milwaukee Bucks. According to Garrett the Trojans will begin their search for a new head coach immediately, and it remains to be seen what happens in regards to roster turnover.

Incoming freshmen Lamont Jones (Harlem, NY) and Derrick Wiliams (La Mirada, CA) have signed letters of intent, while Evan Smith (Calabasas, CA) remains a verbal commitment. Having already lost the highly-touted Noel Johnson, it wouldn't be a surprise if USC also had to deal with Jones' camp requesting a release from his LOI. According to Adam Zagoria that's exactly what's going to happen. And with it being unknown what the end result of the investigation will be, expect a long, tough search for a new head coach.

Recruiting Impact

Lamont Jones: Arizona, Florida and Memphis have been named as the three schools he's looking at right now. There was a report when "Momo" signed with USC that he was told by the staff that a visit to Arizona would result in them taking their offer off of the table. As with Noel Johnson the Trojans could very well release Jones with the string attached that he cannot attend another Pac-10 school.

Derrick Williams: Williams had concerns about the situation before Floyd resigned, telling the Pasadena Star-News' Scott Dixon that he was still "trying to get more information about USC and the O.J. Mayo stuff and investigation". According to scout.com, Williams also held offers from Arizona State, Marquette, Nevada, San Diego and Santa Clara. 

Question: Who do you think will be the next head coach at USC?