Kevin O'Neill, fired Monday by USC as its men's basketball coach, talked with The Times after his ouster was announced.
Question: How did you receive the news?
Answer: You know, [Athletic Director Pat Haden] sent me a text last night that he and [senior associate athletic director] Steve Lopes wanted to meet at 8 this morning. Did I know what it was about? In this business you always have that sense. Nothing surprises me.
I thanked him for the time at USC. I enjoyed my time, had a great time. There's no ill feelings and I hope all of our recruits come and I hope our team wins. I love the players and I feel bad I couldn't do more for them. For example, I felt J.T. Terrell was getting it.
Q: Will you coach again?
A: Yeah, I think so.
Q: In college or NBA?
A: Doesn't really matter. I've done this for 33 years and I'm probably not taking up flying planes or something. If I did I'd probably crash it.