Kevin O'Neill named hoops coach at USC

June 20, 2009 at 3:13 PM

LOS ANGELES, June 20 (UPI) -- Southern California Saturday hired Kevin O'Neill to be its next men's basketball coach, succeeding Tim Floyd.

On June 9, Floyd sent a brief letter of resignation to Athletic Director Mike Garrett, officially ending a four-year coaching tenure at the Pac-10 Conference school.

O'Neill, 52, has 13 years of head coaching experience at the collegiate and NBA levels and was interim head coach at Arizona in 2008 when Lute Olson took a leave of absence for personal reasons.

"We're thrilled to have Kevin O'Neill as our men's basketball coach," Garrett in a prepared statement. "Kevin is the consummate coach. He knows his Xs and Os, he's an excellent recruiter and he is very in tune with the academic side of a player's collegiate experience. He is prepared for this opportunity."

At the college level, O'Neill has a combined 171-180 record.

He was working for the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies and also coached the Toronto Raptors.

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