Thursday, April 2nd, 2009 at 12:03 pm  |  31 responses

Tim Floyd Offered Arizona Job

by Ryne Nelson

Arizona hoped to replace Lute Olson with John Calipari, Jeff Capel or Rick Pitino — an elite coach for its storied program. After five months of searching, Arizona isn’t offering the job to any of its top choices. As the L.A. Times reports:

Tim Floyd, who took USC’s basketball program to new heights, was offered the Arizona job Wednesday, a source familiar with the situation said.

The source, who asked to remain anonymous as he was not authorized to speak about the situation, said that Floyd met with Arizona Athletic Director Jim Livengood and was offered the position. Floyd is believed to have 24 hours to make a decision.

Surely Floyd’s 49 wins as Bulls’ head coach from 1998-2002 isn’t the best sample of his work as a coach. If anything, Floyd’s experience in Chicago taught him that a team is only as good as its players. Since coming to USC in January 2005, he’s managed to recruit some of the nation’s best talent… but his unscrupulous measures earned him an unsavory reputation.

But look at what Floyd’s done in three years. He recruited a five-star recruit each year. He coached USC to three NCAA’s in a row — the first time the Trojans have been to the Dance that often in history. Southern California won the Pac-10 Tourney for the first time ever this year and battled Final Four-bound Michigan State to the wire, losing on some tough calls.

Tim Floyd is not a proven winner, but given the coaches who have turned down Arizona, it could be much worse. Right?

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  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    he’ll take it in all likelihood. Ryne, great breakdown

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    He has to bolt USC before the NCAA investigates anyway.

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    Demar Derozan, welcome to the 2009 NBA draft.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    Zee!, he was going to be gone before then. He’s a top 10 lock. LOCK, I’ve said quote me on it all year, and I’m going to be right, and I’m going to gloat about it like a little child.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Hey look, it’s the slayer of bulls. Olé!

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    I couldn’t stand Floyd during the post-Jordan years. He was all the rage when he was at Iowa State, though.

  • thesubwayconnection

    I really don’t like his schemes or his coaching ability. Recruiting? Yes. Coaching? No.

  • http://itsunboxed.com Matt G

    Under Floyd, Arizona will be happy to win 15 games a year. What I’m more interested in now is where Mike Dunlap ends up.

  • http://www.funnominal.com/Acts.asp Alonzo “Hamburger” Jones

    Will Lil Romeo be able to transfer without losing a year of eligibility?

  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    Matt G- Dunlap joined Oregon. Alonzo, Romeo doesn’t PLAY basketball, he is the biggest DNP-CD ever. So let’s not even kid about that.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    He’ll be the Arizona coach, sure—until Zombie Lute Olsen comes back to claim his rightful throne.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Why isn’t anyone talking to Reggie Theus? He’s the best man on the market, IMO.

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com B. Long

    Horrible. Great recruiter, piss poor coach.

  • http://www.bbl.org.uk Josh D

    I can’t believe you picked up on this and not the Calipari to Kentucky thing?
    The big question for me is who’ll be the next Tigers coach

  • http://www.chukchansigoldcasino.org/ ChukChansigOldCasino

    I’m with you Long.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Yeah, Tim Floyd’s a great recruiter—when OJ Mayo told him he was going to play for him, he didn’t say no. This is Arizona, not L.A. And the ’00 Bulls finished third in Conference USA, so there’s that.

  • TDub

    i think it is a great choice by Arizona! Floyd is a brillant defensive coach! i had the pleasure of playing for him so i know he is a great coach! The Bulls thing always comes up, but that was a no win situation and let’s face it you can’t coach NBA players with poor attitudes regardless of who you are. Take the job Coach, and get out of that football school where you will always be second fiddle to the pigskin.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Tim Floyd = Garbage

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    @Alonzo: They’ll just give Master P the USC job. Problem solved.

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com B. Long

    Zona could do so much better. I’d rather see Bobby Knight make a comeback than Floyd on the Wildcat bench.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Tim Floyd basically build his recruiting rep by taking a call from OJ, like Russ pointed out, and getting a local kid in DeRozan. His schemes are atrocious, I feel bad for the kids that have to run his uninspired style of basketball. BUT HE’S HIGH PROFILE!!!! That’s really the only thing that seems to matter these days.

  • matt(ballislife

    good, now usc can get a real coach!!

  • Jacob

    Floyd is staying at USC, he isnt going to Arizona

  • chris

    He didn’t want to be to arizona what leonardo dicaprio was to the titanic. Great move by him. Who would of thunk it. ASU now has the best program in the state

  • http://www.mrwiggleslovesyou.com Shu

    ??? I don’t get this analogy… Tim Floyd is a heartthrob of 9 to 85 year old females? Will he “never let go” of USC?

  • chris

    uofa is a sinking ship. Floyd woulda been the biggest name there. Get it now?

  • konweezy

    Great move by him, now all the recruits stay, and USC will be on top of the Pac-10

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Jay Wright next?

  • http://www.ballislife.com Arek

    Zee if anything this will make Demar stay rather than leave..

    but he’s leaving.. top 5 pick baby!

  • BALLA30

    @ Ryne: I live in NM. Theus coached at NMSU and left a lot of people with a sour taste in their mouths. I hope UofA doesn’t choose him.

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