Friday , Jan , 14 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Floyd named men’s head basketball coach at USC

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Tim Floyd was hired Friday as the men’s
head basketball coach at Southern California, effective April 1, 2005.
Floyd will spend this year as a Trojans assistant so that he can recruit, but
will not be involved in coaching the 2004-05 squad.

Jim Saia, who was appointed USC’s interim head coach when Henry Bibby was
relieved of his duties as head coach on December 6, will remain in that role
for the remainder of this season.

“I’m very appreciative of this opportunity. This is a great time to be at
USC,” said Floyd. “There’s a lot of excitement going on at the school, both
academically and athletically. I see a great commitment toward making the
men’s basketball program as good as it can be and that’s clearly evident with
the new facility that is being built.”

On December 15, Rick Majerus was named USC’s new head coach, but health
problems forced him to resign less than a week after accepting the
position.

The 50-year-old Floyd was fired by the New Orleans Hornets in May and is
still under contract through next season.

Floyd spent just one year with the Hornets, guiding them to a 41-41 mark in
2003-04. He also had the unenviable task of taking over the Chicago Bulls
after their title run and had a dismal record of just 49-190 from the start of
the 1998-99 season through December 2001.

Before taking on the NBA, however, Floyd had a great run at the collegiate
level.

In four years at Iowa State, just before he took over at Chicago, Floyd guided
the Cyclones to a record of 81-47 with three NCAA Tournament appearances. The
school reached a regional semifinal in 1997, dropping a 74-73 overtime
decision to UCLA.

Prior to being the top man at Iowa State, Floyd was a head coach at the
University of Idaho from 1986-88 and then took over the head position for the
University of New Orleans, where he spent the next six seasons, and led the
Privateers to a 127-58 record, including NCAA Tournament berths in 1991 and
1993.

Floyd has compiled an overall mark of 243-130 as a college head coach with
five NCAA Tournament appearances.

“Tim Floyd will turn our program around,” said athletic director Mike Garrett.
“He has proven several times that he can do it on the college level. He is an
outstanding coach who not only knows how to get it done in college, but he
brings another dimension having coached in the NBA. The Trojan men’s
basketball program is headed into a very promising era as we begin
construction on our new arena and we’re excited that Tim will lead us during
this time.”

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