Kevin O'Neill says he knows what he's getting into at USC
In his video statement on USC's website, new Trojans basketball coach Kevin O'Neill says he knows exactly what he's getting into in taking over a team under NCAA investigation and leaking top talent:
I recognized that USC basketball has been through a tough time lately. Like many college basketball fans, I have been following the developments in the media. One thing I expect people might second-guess me on is whether I made the right call in taking this job.
While all of us at USC are prohibited by the NCAA from discussing details of this ongoing investigation [actually Kevin, that's not true; the NCAA has made it clear that there is no gag order in place -- that's a choice made by USC], I want to assure you that I made my decision only after a thorough evaluation. . . .
If I didn't believe in USC -- and all of the people involved -- I wouldn't be putting my name and reputation on the line. But I do and I am. Enough said.
I'm sure I am also going to be asked whether the NCAA investigation involving basketball is going to hurt recruiting or the program in general. Let me just say that if I thought I wouldn't be able to do my job -- do the job that the university expects of me and equally important that I expect of myself -- I wouldn't have taken the job.
-- Mike Hiserman