February 23, 2010 | 9:00
USC men's basketball Coach Kevin O'Neill discussed some aspects of his recent call with the NCAA's Committee on Infractions after practice Tuesday, including that he wasn't asked any questions during the nearly five-hour conference call.
"I was available for questions, but they didn't have any," he said.
As first reported
by The Times on Monday, the call came Friday and kept O'Neill in Seattle as the team flew to Spokane, where it would stay before heading south to Pullman, Wash., to play Washington State the next day.
O'Neill didn't join the team in Spokane until Friday night, and, as such, the team didn't have its normal shoot-around and walk-through that afternoon.
"It was a different situation," O'Neill said. "It threw us off our routine somewhat, but that's the way it is."
O'Neill said he was "required to be on the phone call by the committee," which was in Tempe, Ariz., for three days hearing testimony from USC officials and others regarding allegations of major NCAA rules violations in both the Trojans' football and men's basketball programs.
Senior guard Dwight Lewis said it wasn't too strange without O'Neill on Friday.
Along with O'Neill being absent Friday, assistant coaches Bob Cantu and Phil Johnson were absent the entire trip; both were in Tempe at the hearing. Gib Arnold was the only assistant coach with the team for the Washington trip.
-- Baxter Holmes
Photo: USC basketball coach Kevin O'Neill. Credit: Kirby Lee / US Presswire