O'Neill replaces Floyd with Trojans

The Associated PressJune 21, 2009 

Kevin O'Neill returned to the college ranks Saturday when he was announced as Southern California's basketball coach, taking over from Tim Floyd.

The school announced O'Neill's hiring in an e-mail.

Floyd suddenly resigned June 9 amid allegations that he paid to have O.J. Mayo delivered to the Trojans. He said he was quitting after four seasons because he no longer had enthusiasm for his job.

O'Neill is scheduled to be introduced Monday at a campus news conference.

"We're thrilled to have Kevin O'Neill as our men's basketball coach," athletic director Mike Garrett said in a statement. "I love his coaching philosophy and principles: he's a no-nonsense coach who is very detail-oriented and prepares his teams well. He stresses defense and I've always believed that defense wins championships."

O'Neill, 52, was an assistant with the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies this past season. Mayo plays for the Grizzlies. O'Neill led the Toronto Raptors to a 33-49 record in 2004.

O'Neill also had stints with the New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers .

He returns to the Pac-10 after serving as interim coach at Arizona in 2008 when Lute Olson took a leave of absence.

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

Women's golf

Four Duke golfers qualify for U.S. Women's Open: Following sectional qualifying for the U.S. Women's Open around the country, four Duke golfers have qualified for the tournament, which will be played July 9-12 in Bethlehem, Pa.

Amanda Blumenherst, Lindy Duncan, Anna Grzebien and Jennie Lee advanced through sectional qualifying in different states to qualify.

Grzebien is a 2007 Duke graduate and is currently playing on the LPGA Tour. Blumenherst and Lee are 2009 graduates.

Duncan is an incoming freshman.

From Duke news release

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