Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 at 9:36 am  |  7 responses

Theus, Carlesimo Hope to Remove Cloud From USC

Tim Floyd may have left the program in ruins, but former NBA head men Reggie Theus and P.J. Carlesimo are still going hard for the job: “Former NBA coaches Reggie Theus and P.J. Carlesimo have emerged as two of the leading candidates for the USC basketball job, independent sources familiar with the situation said. Another source said Lakers assistant Jim Cleamons has already talked with USC Athletic Director Mike Garrett, whose football and basketball programs are under NCAA investigation.”

(via The Dagger)

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  • Ken

    I feel like PJ has had some tough breaks with his career. Still surprised he never really caught on with an NBA team.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    pj is one of those guys thats one of the best assistant coaches in the league, but not really a good head coach.

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  • Henton,Torrey

    I think Reggie would be a good fit cause he’s an L>A guy that will help with recruiets plus he played in the NBA

  • Lamon Theus

    I’ve felt that Reggie is a much better college coach because of his people skills and recruiting. He’s also a good teacher of basketball. In the pros, not many guys feel they can be taught anything. Good luck Reggie!

  • Kimbo

    Reggie Theus has ties with California AAU and coaches a team, has D-league experience as a head ABA coach who went to the championship game and for two summer league teams. With his coaching work at Louisville and New Mexico State he showed his ability to recruit, teach and game plan as well as administrate a program bringing in top recruits and transfers without running afoul of the NCAA- that’s a minor miracle in today’s college game. The turnaround at New Mexico State was miraculous.

    Theus was also a two time All Star and runner up for rookie of the year in the NBA and he was an All American at UNLV. Obviously he was a much better coach in the NBA than PJ- he improved the team by five wins, had a winning record but was stuck in the Western conference with talentless Sacramento. You gotta go with that guy.

    PJ was a great college coach in the 80′s but Seton Hall and the Big East in the 80′s doesn’t really translate into much today or at USC. He also has the temper issue and college kids today are more “Spreewell-like” than ever.

  • donovan

    Bobby Braswell should get a serious look…