USC is stung by Pitt coach Jamie Dixon’s decision to remain at the school. The university opened talks with him and thought he would return to Southern California.
He is the second candidate this week to get a 10-year extension (the other one was New Mexico’s Steve Alford). Where does that leave USC?
Tim Floyd is viewed as having too much baggage. Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins is available but would hardly excite fans. Who else? USC’s mentioned some pie-in-the-sky candidates like Brad Stevens (Butler) and Mark Few (Gonzaga).
Virginia coach Tony Bennett would be a strong candidate though I don’t think the athletic dept. is terribly familiar with him. Ditto with VCU’s Shaka Smart.
USC wants someone who will stay there for 10 years. That would seem to favor Hopkins.