Jan 17, 2013
USC Interim Coach Keeps Can-Do Attitude

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http://www.presstelegram.com/sports/ci_22391628/usc-interim-basketball-coach-bob-cantu-keeps-can

Bob Cantu arrived at the Galen Center on Monday morning and was informed by athletic director Pat Haden he would be USC’s basketball coach the rest of the season.

That would normally stun an assistant coach thrust into running a program with little notice, but Cantu has spent years preparing for this chance. He is laid back and easygoing, but his attention to detail and organization makes this an easy transition for the 37-year-old coach.

Although Cantu has spent 12 seasons as an assistant coach at USC, he keeps lists of assistants he would hire if he were a head coach. And not just one list but three lists for the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 assistant coaching positions.

“He is extremely well-organized and does a thorough job, former USC and current UTEP coach Tim Floyd said. When I got hired, I would have been lost without having him around. He was someone I could rely on.

“He knows how everything works and is extremely conscientious. I think he’ll make an excellent coach.”

Floyd backed that up a few years ago by driving to Cal State San Luis Obispo and meeting with the school’s president for several hours to recommend Cantu for the head-coaching position.

Cantu could probably write a pretty good book on his experiences at USC. He has seen everything, surviving the troubled and turbulent Henry Bibby era, the few-day reign of Rick Majerus, an interim season with Jim Saia, the controversial tenure of Floyd and up-and-down seasons of Kevin O’Neill.

USC Interim Coach Keeps Can-Do Attitude

Press-Telegram

http://www.presstelegram.com/sports/ci_22391628/usc-interim-basketball-coach-bob-cantu-keeps-can

Bob Cantu arrived at the Galen Center on Monday morning and was informed by athletic director Pat Haden he would be USC’s basketball coach the rest of the season.

That would normally stun an assistant coach thrust into running a program with little notice, but Cantu has spent years preparing for this chance. He is laid back and easygoing, but his attention to detail and organization makes this an easy transition for the 37-year-old coach.

Although Cantu has spent 12 seasons as an assistant coach at USC, he keeps lists of assistants he would hire if he were a head coach. And not just one list but three lists for the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 assistant coaching positions.

“He is extremely well-organized and does a thorough job, former USC and current UTEP coach Tim Floyd said. When I got hired, I would have been lost without having him around. He was someone I could rely on.

“He knows how everything works and is extremely conscientious. I think he’ll make an excellent coach.”

Floyd backed that up a few years ago by driving to Cal State San Luis Obispo and meeting with the school’s president for several hours to recommend Cantu for the head-coaching position.

Cantu could probably write a pretty good book on his experiences at USC. He has seen everything, surviving the troubled and turbulent Henry Bibby era, the few-day reign of Rick Majerus, an interim season with Jim Saia, the controversial tenure of Floyd and up-and-down seasons of Kevin O’Neill.






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