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Report: USC interviewed former coach Tim Floyd. Seriously.

Mar 5, 2013, 8:30 AM EDT

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Tim Floyd coached at USC from 2006-2009 before resigning amid a scandal that included both the football and basketball programs. The questions surrounding Floyd involved his recruitment of OJ Mayo — and a crumpled envelope full of cash — but he was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing and took a job at UTEP.

Which is where he currently works.

And his season is not yet over, as evidenced by the fact that the Miners host No. 25 Memphis tonight.

Yet, Floyd is not only talking to USC about their current head coaching vacancy, he’s also talking to the press about it.

Floyd told the LA Times that the interview “went well” and that he believes people “should know that USC reached out, that no violations were found by the NCAA with USC basketball.”

“I felt like I got my name back when I got offered a number of jobs when I left USC. Pat and I talked at length,” Floyd said. The Times also reported that USC has interviewed Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins, who is the coach-in-waiting for the Orange that apparently doesn’t feel like waiting out Jim Boeheim’s retirement, which could take a while.

Who knows if Floyd will end up being the next head coach at USC. At this point, it’s tough to tell given that the coaching carousel hasn’t even begun to start yet. That said, the fact that Pat Haden reached back out to Floyd, who isn’t exactly the most savory character in the coaching business, is a bit surprising.

It will be interesting to see how the USC coaching search plays out.

And it will be interesting to see how his players react to their head coach publicly discussing that he’s interviewing for another job before the season is over.

You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.

  1. wild4sports - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    The on

  2. wild4sports - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    The one with the least savory of character would have to be You Rob, for using Your opinionated words to have someone read Your article. Just stick to the story line, and leave Your opinions about someone to Yourself. Maybe You’ll get more readers by doing so. Do You ever think that Haden might have reached out to Floyd in a manner of respect, and maybe to get his take on some of the brighter coaches that are available. Being that Tim Floyd is a respected veteran coach. That may not be the case for You, if You continue to write these type articles.

  3. chucklewis13 - Mar 5, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    You can’t legislate stupidity. Pat Haden is not only dumb but he is stupid to even consider reaching out to Floyd. Even though Floyd was cleared of any wrong doings, that does not really say much because you don’t have to be a Rhode Scholar to know that Floyd’s footprints were all over the OJ Mayo framework. And, the clowns in Indianapolis (NCAA) are so stultifying stupid they can’t see the forest for the trees. USC used to be one of the athletic programs that all colleges esteemed to emulate but now it has become a three ring circus– first with Mike Garrett as AD and playing the role of the Ring Master and now Haden.

  4. BigBeachBall - Mar 5, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    USC has to do something… Because what they have right now is embarrassing….

  5. coryfor3 - Mar 15, 2013 at 6:52 AM

    This just shows you how stupid and desperate USC is and how unscrupulous Floyd is. Out ladder climbing during the season when he should be concentrated in his team and the university that was willing to take a chance on him. USC is going to find it tough to fill a job that should be more attractive. Hopkins might as well take the job- he could accept it and be done or fired just in time to take Boeheims spot in a few years. USC is clueless. Kiffin stays despite his antics and shortcomings, they fire their coach in basketball midseason and obviously are fumbling in the dark to try to find a replacement.

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