Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
The USC coach said he’s staying put at Southern Cal.
Floyd, 55, interviewed with Arizona Athletic Director Jim Livengood on Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Times. The meeting came a day after Floyd asked Trojans players at the team’s banquet — including freshman forward DeMar DeRozan — to wait on the NBA draft and remain at USC.
“I listened, I heard what they had to say,” Floyd told the Times. “But there is something really special about building your own traditions and your own history.”
He added of the Arizona and Memphis options: “At the end of the day I have a great situation here.”
Memphis is seeking someone to replace John Calipari and is reportedly looking at Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl.
Arizona needs a successor to interim coach Russ Pennell. Sean Miller of Xavier, Mark Fox of Nevada and Jeff Capel of Oklahomaare all options, according to Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com
“They’re going to hire a great coach. They’re going to have a great program for many, many years to come no matter who they bring in because of their tradition and their history ,” Floyd told the Times.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.