The coaching search continues

Scout.com told you first the leading candidate for the position was Pitt's Jamie Dixon. Dixon turned the job down to sign an extension with the Panthers... So who is next on the coaching board for the Trojans? Get the latest here...

When USC head coach Kevin O'Neill was fired in mid-Jan. Scout.com told you first the leading candidate for the position was Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon. Dixon, however, turned the job down and signed a new deal with the Panthers. So the search continues and this is who our sources are now indicating as candidates.

Josh Pastner, Memphis head coach
The current head coach of the Memphis Tigers, sources say with Dixon out -- Pastner is now the guy USC athletic director Pat Haden is after and the Trojans' gig will now be Pastner's to take or leave.

Sources tell us with Memphis losing Saturday in the second round of the NCAA tournament that talk between Pastner and USC is expected to pick up at the beginning of the week.

Pastner is no stranger to the Pac-12, playing at Arizona before joining the Wildcats' staff as assistant from 2002-2008. After moving to Memphis and spending a season as an assistant coach in 2009 he was promoted to the head coaching position. In his first three seasons at the helm of the Tigers' program, Pastner led his team to a 75-29 record. They finished this -- his fourth -- season 31-5, falling in the second round of the NCAA tournament to Michigan State.

The 35-year old is highly touted as a strong recruiter and would undoubtedly work to build a fence around the fertile basketball recruiting grounds of Southern California.

Mike Hopkins, Syracuse associate head coach
Syracuse associate head coach Mike Hopkins is the coach-in-waiting for the Orange -- waiting for the day Jim Boehim retires. But could a move out West be a better option for Hopkins?

Sources say the Orange's 15th-year assistant has already met with USC athletic director Pat Haden.

Hopkins is no stranger to Southern California – he was born in San Mateo and attended Mater Dei High School, where he played on the 1987 state team. Fast-forward to 2013 and Mater Dei is just one Southern California program rich with prospects.

Tim Floyd, University-Texas El Paso head coach
USC athletic director Pat Haden has already met with ex-USC head coach Tim Floyd. Floyd, as you most likely recalled, resigned from the position in 2009 when the NCAA was investigating the program.

Sources say Floyd is still part of the coaching search discussion at USC.

Floyd coached the Trojans from 2005-2009 and took them to the NCAA tournament three consecutive seasons from 2007-09.

He finished his four-season stint at Troy with an 85-50 record, though all 21 wins of the 2007-08 season were vacated due to the ineligibility of player O.J. Mayo.

Floyd is widely hailed around USC as a coach who injected life into the basketball program of a football school.

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