Tuesday, June 23, 2009

HOKIES RELIEVED AS USC HIRES O’NEILL

More than one Hokie was nervous when Tim Floyd quit as the Trojan’s head hoop’s coach when various media outlets put Seth Greenberg on the list of qualified candidates.

Of course, Greenberg was “qualified” but was he ever really interested in uprooting his family from Blacksburg to L.A.? Seems as one is either a Blacksburg-kind-of-guy or an L.A.-kind-of-guy, and we doubt too many cats would wear both of those hats.

Not to mention the mess that is USC athletics. Mind you, Gary Williams tackled a Maryland program facing severe NCAA sanctions, but Williams is an alum which might make one temporarily insane. Greenberg has no such connection to a USC program mired in NCAA allegations.

Greenberg told the Washington Post he had no intentions of leaving Virginia Tech, but that usually means the “I’m leaving” press conference is secretly being scheduled as the print dries. Not this time.

So earlier this week when Kevin O’Neill took over Southern California’s troubled basketball program all became well in Hokieville.
The 52-year-old O’Neill returns to the college ranks after spending last season as an assistant with the Memphis Grizzles.

O’Neill is 171-180 in 12 seasons as a college head coach, including stints at Marquette, Tennessee and Northwestern.

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