Hall of Famer Cynthia Cooper-**** is returning to Southern California as the Trojans' head women's basketball coach.
USC hired Cooper-**** on Thursday to replace Michael Cooper, who quit last month after four seasons.
''In Cynthia Cooper-****, we have a proven winning coach who happens to be a USC basketball icon,'' USC athletic director Pat Haden said. ''She was a part of the best basketball ever played here at USC, and she has seen success at so many levels of the game. As a coach, she has turned around several programs. We believe she can lead USC back to successful women's basketball.''
Cooper-****, who grew up in Los Angeles and attended Locke High School, played on the Trojans' NCAA championship teams in 1983 and 1984 alongside Cheryl Miller. USC went 114-15 during Cooper-****'s four seasons, also reaching the 1986 NCAA title game.
USC has never recaptured that run of standout play in the 1980s by Cooper-****, Miller and twin sisters Pamela and Paula McGee under coach Lind...