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USC Coach Turns Down Lakers' Offer

June 13, 2009 | 10:00 am

June 13, 1969, Dumb Artist

"Who Wants a Dumb Artist Around Who Can't Even Keep Out of Trouble?"

June 13, 1969, Sports The Lakers offered their coaching job to a very successful college coach who wouldn't even have to relocate.

No, not John Wooden.

USC Coach Bob Boyd turned down the job after meeting with owner Jack Kent Cooke and general manager Fred Schaus. "We expect to have an improved team next winter and should be representative in the Pacific-8 Conference," Boyd told The Times' Mal Florence.

Boyd might have been overshadowed by Wooden but he was an outstanding basketball coach. USC was 216-131 during his tenure from 1967-79. Who knows how well the Trojans would have fared in the NCAA tournament if more than one team per conference had been able to advance, as is the case today.

So the Lakers' search went on. Boyd apparently preferred facing the Bruins rather than the Celtics.

--Keith Thursby