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Michael Cooper has quit as Southern California women's basketball coach after four seasons.
Athletic director Pat Haden said Cooper resigned Wednesday and a national search will be conducted for his replacement.
The Trojans went 11-20 this season and finished seventh in the Pac-12 with a 7-11 record. Cooper was 72-57 overall at USC, which has had eight coaching changes since 1976.
Haden says the women's team should be competing for NCAA tournament bids on a consistent basis.
Cooper came to USC from the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks, where he served as coach for eight seasons including five Western Conference championships. He starred with the Los Angeles Lakers as a player, winning five NBA titles.
Cooper says USC's program should have moved forward under him and the best thing is for him to resign. He says coaching the USC women ''has been a wonderful experience.''
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Add another vacancy sign to the USC athletic offices.
Michael Cooper is the latest head coach to step down. USC announced his resignation as womens basketball coach Wednesday in a news release quoting Athletic Director Pat Haden as saying, 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...
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