The changes at Southern California will not stop with new coach Bob Cantu, who Monday morning replaced Kevin ONeill on an interim basis for the rest of the season.
Cantu plans to hit the ground running. He wants to play at a faster pace, use more zone defense with twin towers Dewayne Dedmon and Omar Orabi at the back end, and integrate several new players into the rotation. It is a tall order, and it will not happen overnight the Trojans play host to the Oregon schools this week, with newly elevated No. 21 Oregon in town Thursday, and there is only enough time for game preparation. When the UCLA game rolls around at new Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 30, USC might have its own new look.
I worked with two great defensive coaches in Tim Floyd and Kevin ONeill, but I also believe I have to adjust to my personnel" Cantu said of 7-foot Dedmon and 7-2 Orabi. "I have two seven-footers, and so I think it is OK to play zone at times to use my length and size at the rim for resistance.