Guess Who’s Bizzack: Lavin & Floyd Go Back To School
2 former socal college basketball Legends are making their way back into the college coaching ranks with former UCLA coach Steve Lavin accepting the job with St. John’s and former USC coach Tim Floyd taking the job at UTEP. Lavin has been out of the game since finishing 10-19 in 2002-03 in what would prove to be his last season in Westwood while Floyd was unceremoniously shown the door last season after the block got too hot because of the O.J. Mayo recruiting violation incident that forced the Trojans to self-impose a postseason ban as well as other punishments for the infraction.
Lavin makes his return to coaching after taking the last 7 seasons off, serving as a college basketball analyst at ESPN. He agreed to a 6-year deal with St. John’s worth at least $9 mill to take over a program that has been one of your nastier in the Big East for some time now. During his time at UCLA he was largely successful, leading the team to 6 straight NCAA Tourney berths whilst also amassing 21+ wins in each of those seasons. Lavin finished 145-78 at UCLA, including the nasty season the ultimately led to his getting the boot.
Before getting dropped like he was hot by USC back in June of 2009, the well-traveled coach spent 4 seasons with the Trojans, turning the program around to a respectable level including Tourney appearances in his last 3 years. Floyd spent the past season as an assistant with the New Orleans Hornets and getting the job at UTEP wasn’t too big of a shocker. Floyd was an assistant at UTEP from 1977-86. Even though his reputation may have been tarnished by his recent transgressions, he takes over a program fresh off their first Conference USA championship and a Tourney appearance.