USC coach fired: Kevin O'Neill released from basketball team mid-season
The 2012-2013 season features the return of many injured players, but even that couldn't fix the team as they continued to play below average. In a statement, Athletic Director Pat Haden thanks O'Neill for his service but says, "As the season progressed, it became evident to me that we needed new leadership in our men's basketball program."
O'Neill was thankful for his time with the team, saying, "I couldn't be more proud to work anywhere." Assistant coach Bob Cantu will take over in the interim until a permanent replacement is found.