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Michael Cooper Resigns

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After four seasons as the head coach of USC women's basketball, Michael Cooper has resigned from his position, Athletic Director Pat Haden announced today.  Haden will lead a national search for the new leader of the Women of Troy.

"This program has to move forward, and it should have moved forward under my leadership. The best thing is for me to step down," Cooper said. "I really want to thank the administration here at USC. Pat Haden and Donna Heinel and everyone have been very supportive. Coaching these young women at USC has been a wonderful experience for me. I wish nothing but the best for USC and the women's basketball program."

A 5-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, Cooper was never able to lead USC to the NCAA Tournament.  The Women of Troy finished 11-20 this season (7-11 in the Pac-12).

"USC women's basketball has a storied heritage, with national championship teams and some of the best players in the history of the sport," said Haden who thanked Cooper for his service. "We believe we should be competing for Pac-12 championships and NCAA bids on a consistent basis.  We will conduct a search to find the right person to help us do that."

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Only one more coach to go Pat, good job!!


THANK GOODNESS!! I'ts was always puzzeling why the teams never improved, they just simply never got better.

Sad thing is, all of SC sports are in a down mode, have you noticed?

Its all Oregon, Stanford, Oregon, Stanford, Ucla. And they all have a mascot that is seen constantly on t.v., what does the t.v. show for SC's mascot? The drum major...rediculous.

Irving Beazley
retiree of 2002

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