Veteran coach Tim Floyd has resigned from the University of Southern California men’s basketball team. KPCC’s Molly Peterson says he had considered leaving, but stayed.
Two months ago, Tim Floyd told reporters he’d talked with two other college basketball programs about leaving USC.
Tim Floyd: "But there’s something really special about building your own traditions and your own histories, and doing it with guys you love and elite athletes and under an administration that you feel really strongly has been very supportive. And nobody has any better facilities than we have here at this university, and I have never been more excited to be a Trojan."
Floyd revived Trojan basketball in the last four seasons. USC made the sweet 16 at the NCAA tournament last year. The coach generated attention with high-profile recruiting. Rapper Lil’ Romeo got a full ride that helped to entice another player to the program.
But officials have been investigating Floyd and USC for financial violations related to former star O.J. Mayo. Mayo’s a point guard, heavily recruited by higher profile programs, who showed up at USC out of the blue. He’s since left the Trojans for the NBA.
Last month, YahooSports.com reported that Floyd made a cash payment to an associate of a sports agent close to Mayo. If true, that could violate NCAA rules. USC and Floyd have not commented on that report. The coach had said he wanted to finish his career at USC. Now Floyd has reportedly written USC’s athletic director that he can no longer give his full enthusiasm to the job.