University of Southern California men's basketball coach Tim Floyd has reportedly resigned in the wake of an accusation that he gave $1,000 to a man who helped convince O.J. Mayo to enroll at USC.
The Clarion Ledger newspaper in Floyd's home state of Mississippi reports that Floyd sent USC athletic director Mike Garrett this letter:
"As of 1 p.m. today, I am resigning as head basketball coach at the University of Souithern California. I deeply appreciate the opportunity afforded me by the university, as well as the chance to know and work with some of the finest young men in college athletics. Unfortunately, I know longer feel I can offer the level of enthusiasm to my duties that is deserved by the university, my coaching staff, my players, their families, and the supporters of Southern Cal. I always promised my self and my family that if I ever felt I could no longer give my full enthusiasm to a job, that I should leave it to others who could. I intend to contact my coaching staff and my players in coming days and weeks to tell them how much each of them means to me. I wish the best to USC and to my successor."Floyd leaves USC with a four-year record of 85-50. He has previously coached at Iowa State, the University of New Orleans and the University of Idaho in the NCAA, and for the Chicago Bulls and New Orleans Hornets in the NBA. Given the serious charges of misconduct at USC, it's likely that he's done coaching in the NCAA, and given his 93-235 record as a pro coach, it's likely that he'll never coach in the NBA again, either. Unless the accusations of improper conduct turn out to be completely unfounded, Floyd is probably out of coaching for good.
Floyd has not commented publicly, and neither has USC.