If anyone cared about USC women’s basketball, this coaching search would be getting panned nationwide. Florida Gulf Coast coach Karl Smesko has turned down USC’s offer today, according to David Moulton of the Fort Myers News Press in Florida.
From what I hear, the money USC offered to Smesko would not make a move from Florida Gulf Coast as much of a no-brainer as fans might think. Even worse, former USC player and assistant coach Jody Wynn was hired today as women’s basketball coach at Washington. She was interviewed by USC but offered more money by the Huskies, I’m told.
Smesko was the second coach to turn USC down. Stanford assistant Kate Paye was the first. Is any of this surprising given that the last two hires (Michael Cooper, Cynthia Cooper) turned out to be disasters?