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Some more thoughts on O'Neill

Posted on: June 20, 2009 6:50 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2009 6:52 pm
 

Searching around the web, it seems every national writer -- save those who tend to find the positive in each development, even when the positive doesn't exist -- believes USC's hiring of Kevin O'Neill is baffling because, you know, it just is. On a lot of different levels. But one thing I wanted to clarify is that basketball people don't frown upon O'Neill simply because he's a "disciplinarian," which is what some are suggesting. That's not quite it. There are lots of disciplinarians in this sport, but O'Neill is on an entirely different level. And if you want some background, I'd encourage you to click this link and read a profile written by the Commercial Appeal's Scott Cacciola last year right after O'Neill was hired as an assistant with the Memphis Grizzlies.

There are some great stories in there.

Again, click this link and give it a read.

But before you do that, let me tell you one more reason why this isn't an ideal hire.

I know USC athletic director Mike Garrett loves defense (you saw the quote, right?). But hiring a "defensive" coach to work in Los Angeles and across town from Ben Howland is incredibly shortsighted. Understand, the only knock on Howland is that he's a "defensive" coach who doesn't offer his players enough offensive freedom; that's what those who recruit against him try to sell to recruits. Does it work? Not terribly well, it seems. But still, that's the perception and the knock. And rather than try to take advantage of it, USC hired a "defensive" coach who has a history of butting heads with pretty much everybody he coaches or works with.

Honestly, does that make any sense?

And just so you know, Kevin O'Neill has always been OK with me.

I find him quite funny, actually.

So this isn't personal.

But it would be disingenuous to suggest this hire makes much sense.

The only way it works is if O'Neill has changed everything about himself in the past year.
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Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: July 18, 2009 3:00 pm
 

Some more thoughts on O'Neill

Whitemeat is a little cry baby and what the hell does he know about Trojan basketball? LMAO

Vote for this loser here:




Trojans Baby!




Since: Feb 17, 2009
Posted on: June 22, 2009 2:11 pm
 

Some more thoughts on O'Neill

That Scott Cacciola article really brought back memories of watching KO coach at Northwestern.  I think my favorite incident was during a home game.  Guard Sean Wink had missed a defensive assignment and it must have been something they'd been working on, because boy did it set off KO.

KO:  Hey Sean!
[Wink runs down the court, tries to ignore the coach]
KO: Hey Sean!
[still ignoring]
KO: Hey Sean!
[Wink reluctantly looks towards the bench]
KO:  Fu&k you!


keep in mind this was at home while play was going on, in full view of fans and adminstrators.  so yeah, let's hope he's mellowed.



Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: June 21, 2009 8:04 pm
 

Some more thoughts on O'Neill

Kevin Oneill takes over for Lute with almost no notice. Only when Lute announces that he will not return for the year, does Oneill put in his own stuff. Yet he gets run out of Arizona by his highness Lute, who is not close to Oneill's league in basketball knowledge. Oneill  takes his banged up and shorthanded team to the Ncaa, where in the best played first round game that year, they lose to a very good West Va crew. He handled his being run out with class, just as he handled his coaching of Lute's kids. With Ralph Willard no longer a head coach, only Stu Morrill would appear to have a better basketball mind than Oneill. USC needs someone who is old school and who will run a clean program after Floyds mess is over. They could not have found a better man.



Since: May 11, 2009
Posted on: June 21, 2009 1:45 pm
 

Some more thoughts on O'Neill

naw

I dont even know who this jack tard is......I am guessing that since he is sporting a relatively new I D that he is probably one of my previous fans I jilted in not signing my autograph for him.......Laughing
Tell me how my a$$ tastes, Halo.



Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: June 21, 2009 1:40 pm
 

Some more thoughts on O'Neill

Memphis Jesus and Halo are fighting. How ironic is this?


naw

I dont even know who this jack tard is......I am guessing that since he is sporting a relatively new I D that he is probably one of my previous fans I jilted in not signing my autograph for him.......Laughing



Since: May 11, 2009
Posted on: June 21, 2009 12:27 pm
 

Some more thoughts on O'Neill

 make me Tongue out

I don't make trash, I burn it.



Since: Aug 14, 2008
Posted on: June 21, 2009 12:14 pm
 

Some more thoughts on O'Neill

Memphis Jesus and Halo are fighting. How ironic is this?

USC was running out of choices to coach their men basketball program. O’Neill is a hard no nonsense coach that will push his players. O’Neill has Div 1 and NBA experience. I think recruit will at least listen to what the guy as to offer. The USC was running out of time and needed someone in there fast. In a couple of season we will see if this was a good hire or not.



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Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: June 21, 2009 1:36 am
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Since: Nov 19, 2008
Posted on: June 21, 2009 1:20 am
 

Some more thoughts on O'Neill

POP OFF!!!!!



Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: June 21, 2009 1:19 am
 

Some more thoughts on O'Neill

you don't want none boy shut up


 make me Tongue out




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