St. Petersburg Times Online: Business

Weather | Sports | Forums | Comics | Classifieds | Calendar | Movies

Men: Once jilted, USC turns to Floyd

By wire services
Published January 14, 2005

LOS ANGELES - Tim Floyd will be named coach at Southern California, taking the job Rick Majerus accepted, then abruptly abandoned last month.

USC spokesman Tim Tessalone said Thursday that a news conference will be held this afternoon to introduce Floyd.

The former Chicago Bulls and New Orleans Hornets coach will return to college, where he was 35-25 in two seasons at Idaho; 127-58 in six at New Orleans; and 81-47 in four at Iowa State.

Floyd, 50, was fired as Hornets coach in May after they went 41-41 and lost in the first round of the playoffs in his only season there.

NO. 5 DUKE 86, N.C. STATE 74: Shelden Williams scored 18 of his 22 in the second half to lift the visiting Blue Devils. Daniel Ewing scored 17 for Duke, which scored on nine straight possessions midway through the half to charge ahead after trailing by 10 early.


MEMPHIS 78, NO. 22 MARQUETTE 68: Rodney Carney scored 29 and freshman guard Darius Washington had 20 points and five assists for the host Tigers. The Golden Eagles had a season-high 25 turnovers.

Top 25

NO. 14 WASH. 77, OREGON 56: Tre Simmons and Bobby Jones scored 15 each and Nate Robinson and Jamaal Williams added 14 to lead the host Huskies.

NO. 16 GONZAGA 76, LMU 65: J.P. Batista scored 17 in his first start, and Ronny Turiaf added 16 on his 22nd birthday as the host Bulldogs bounced back from Saturday's loss to Saint Mary's.

NO. 17 ARIZONA 77, SOUTHERN CAL 68: Chris Rodgers scored a career-high 22, seven during an 8-0 second-half surge, and the host Wildcats kept the Trojans winless in the Pac-10.


UCF 73, FAU 70: Kingsley Edwards came off the bench and scored half his 20 on free throws for the visiting Golden Knights.


BAYLOR 86, SAVANNAH ST. 50: Patrick Fields scored 17 as the host Bears (8-4) matched their win total from last season.

UCLA 86, ARIZONA ST. 82: Jordan Farmar had 20 points for the visiting Bruins, whose constant double teams held Ike Diogu, who averages 23.3 points, to 15 on 6-of-16 shooting.

IPFW: Doug Noll was fired as coach at Indiana-Purdue of Fort Wayne.

VILLANOVA: The team had a harrowing flight home from an overtime win over Providence when the plane was forced to make an emergency landing in snowy Rhode Island early Wednesday. "Everybody was pretty concerned, but we made it back safely," sports information director Mike Sheridan said. ... Forward Jason Fraser is expected to have surgery today on his broken right hand, which could sideline him four to six weeks.

COUSY AWARD: Wake Forest's Chris Paul and North Carolina's Raymond Felton were among six repeat finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation's outstanding point guard. Marquette's Travis Diener, Stanford's Chris Hernandez, South Dakota's Josh Mueller and Notre Dame's Chris Thomas are also finalists for a second straight season.

© Copyright, St. Petersburg Times. All rights reserved.