Despite all the change, Cantu still at USC
Posted on: July 31, 2009 9:25 am
Things change every year.
Coaches change jobs.
Next thing you know, Orlando Antigua is wearing Kentucky gear (instead of Pittsburgh or Memphis), Glynn Cyprien is wearing Memphis gear (instead of Arkansas or Kentucky), and Archie Miller is wearing Arizona gear (instead of Arizona State or Ohio State). Such is life for assistant coaches. Change is regular, if not necessary.
And then there's Bob Cantu.
He never changes a damn thing.
I tell you this because I bumped into Cantu last week in Las Vegas and was reminded that he's now technically working for his fifth head coach in nine years at USC, and unless you understand this business you can't fully appreciate the uniqueness of the situation. Almost always, when a head coach moves, his assistants move, too -- either to another job or out of the business. Staying put is rare, and yet Cantu is now working with his fifth head coach at USC.
Cantu did nearly four seasons with Henry Bibby, then a part of a season with Jim Saia, then five days with Rick Majerus, then four seasons with Tim Floyd, and now he works for Kevin O'Neil. Coaches have come and gone. Scandals have come and gone. Even arenas have come and gone. But Cantu is still at USC -- the one constant in an ever-changing situation.
"I'm on my fifth head coach," Cantu said with a smile. "It has to be an NCAA record."