USC's Floyd Interested in IU Job?

It's unclear how seriously Indiana would consider Tim Floyd as a candidate to replace Kelvin Sampson on a full-time basis next season - but it appears the third-year USC coach would like to get himself in the running. What makes him a viable candidate? What makes him a long shot? takes a detailed look...

It's unclear how seriously Indiana would consider Tim Floyd as a candidate to replace Kelvin Sampson on a full-time basis next season - but it appears the third-year USC coach would like to get himself in the running. sources indicate that Floyd called IU Athletics Director Rick Greenspan about the IU coaching position this week.

Floyd is in the midst of his third season at the Pac-10 school, where he's gone 62-35. That includes a 25-12 mark a year ago when the Trojans finished third in the Pac-10 and advanced to the Sweet 16. USC opens Pac-10 tourney play today after a 20-10 season that figures to be good enough to get Floyd's squad into the NCAA tourney for a second straight season.

The 53-year-old Floyd is a 20-year coaching veteran, having coached at both the college and NBA levels.

He started with two years at Idaho (1987-88), where he went 35-25. That success helped him land the University of New Orleans job, where he went 127-58 from 1989-94. His teams won four conference championships and earned five postseason invitations, including trips to the 1991 and 1993 NCAA Tournament.

From there Floyd went to Iowa State, spending four years at the Big 12 school. His teams went 81-47, won at least 20 games in each of his first three seasons, and the 1996 squad won the Big 12 postseason championship. Three Cyclone squads earned invites to the NCAA tourney, including the 1997 team which went 22-9 and advanced to the Sweet 16.

Those collegiate successes, though, were followed by failure at the NBA level. Floyd was hired as the Chicago Bulls' coach the year after Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen departed, and the results were ugly. In 3 ½ seasons with him at the helm Chicago was just 49-190, never winning more than 17 games in an 82-game season. He eventually resigned after a 4-21 start to the 2001-02 campaign.

After a two-year hiatus Floyd returned to the NBA with the New Orleans Hornets, leading them to a 41-41 mark and a first-round playoff appearance. But he was let go by team management after the one year, and Floyd decided to get back into the college ranks.

Floyd landed at USC, taking the job after Rick Majerus stepped down just days after originally accepting the position.

While back-to-back 20-win seasons are among Floyd's most noteworthy accomplishments at USC, he's probably best known for luring prep phenom O.J. Mayo to the USC campus last year. Mayo leads the Trojans in scoring (20.9), assists (3.1) and steals (1.5) in his debut season. But likely a handful of the top players in the '07 class, Mayo is expected to announce he'll depart for the NBA after the conclusion of the season.

Floyd is in the third-year of a five-year deal that pays him $850,000 annually. He's been rumored with other coaching vacancies – most notably LSU – and could command $1.5-$2 million at another school.

What Makes Him a Viable Candidate: If he's calling Rick Greenspan about the job, then he's interested. While his NBA track record is abysmal, he's compiled a 305-165 record in 15 seasons as a college coach. That mark has come at some programs that aren't the most conducive to winning – Iowa State plays second fiddle to Iowa in the Hawkeye state, and had to try to compete with the likes of Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri in the always-competitive Big 12. But Floyd managed to build the Cyclone program into a force to be reckoned with during his four-year stint. At USC the Trojans play second fiddle on its own campus to the football program and in the city to UCLA, but Floyd has managed to make them relevant. While he appears to be well liked by his AD and could be in line for a contract extension, he'd likely be very interested in going to another program where the spotlight would shine a little bit brighter.

What Makes Him a Longshot: He's told USC Athletic Director Mike Garrett that the Trojans' job would be his last…but doesn't every coach say something to that effect when talking to their boss? One thing that could prevent IU from getting too involved is the fact Floyd has been rumored as a potential replacement for John Brady at LSU. He's been mentioned along with VCU Coach Anthony Grant, Missouri's Mike Anderson, Southern Illinois' Chris Lowery, Washington State's Tony Bennett, among others. This is a move that makes more sense, considering the fact Floyd graduated from Louisiana Tech, and coached in New Orleans at both the collegiate and professional level. His mother also lives in neighboring Mississippi, while his wife's parents live in northern Louisiana. Floyd's phone call to IU might simply be an effort to judge the Hoosiers' interest before eventually making a move with LSU. While LSU might make more sense personally, IU is a better job professionally. Besides, it never hurts to have people thinking that a couple of programs are interested.'s Take: It's probably a pretty good bet that Floyd will be somewhere other than USC next season, but it's more likely that he'd land in Baton Rouge than Bloomington. His ties to Louisiana make him appealing to LSU officials, and the SEC program appealing to him. While Floyd has a very solid record as a college head coach, he doesn't have any sort of ties to the state and wouldn't appear, on paper, to be any more qualified than a slew of other candidates that do have some of those characteristics on their resume. At this point, he would appear to be a long shot. Top Stories