The Los Angeles Times reports that recent USC Basketball Interim Head Coach and long time assistant Bob Cantu has been hired as an assistant by a former USC Head Coach whom Cantu served under. Cantu is going to El Paso to join former USC Head Coach Tim Floyd at UTEP.
Cantu told Floyd he was interested in the position when one of the UTEP assistants left to join the Philadelphia 76ers staff. Cantu told the Times that Floyd “was surprised. He didn’t think I’d be interested. We talked about it and that was that.”
What was that is that Cantu served as an assistant under 4 USC head coaches before serving as an interim head coach: Henry Bibby, Tim Floyd, Rick Majerus, and Kevin O’Neill. And furthermore, he did a more than adequate job with the squad that was virtually winless in the last two seasons under Coach O’Neill. Cantu beat rival UCLA, and was on track to possibly earn the job full time when the team lost 3 of it’s last 4, which included a fight outside a Spokane bar.
The long time member of the USC staff had nothing but positive things to say about the program though, and what was in store for new head coach Andy Enfield.
J.T. Terrell and Byron Wesley are as good as anybody in the Pac-12 on the perimeter. Omar Oraby, if he can stay out of foul trouble, should be one of the top centers. I think that team should be in the upper half of the conference for sure.
It won’t be hard to be better than the last two seasons. But it’s going to take another year of talented rcruits to make this team a player.
As for Cantu, he must not have been left with a lot of options. I’d be hesistant to hitch my wagon back up to the screaming lunatic on the sideline Tim Floyd, who was let go by USC after recruiting violations pursuing OJ Mayo. It could just be an interim assistant coaching plan though.