Tim Polzer
Wednesday March 6th, 2013

Tim Floyd resigned as USC coach in 2009 during an NCAA investigation. (Harry How/Getty Images) Tim Floyd resigned as USC coach in 2009 during an NCAA investigation. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Tim Floyd -- who resigned as USC basketball coach in the midst of NCAA allegations surrounding the program in 2009 -- told the Los Angeles Times he had a meeting with athletic director Pat Haden to discuss the school's current job opening.

Floyd, who currently coaches Texas-El Paso, said Haden initiated the contact, and the three-hour meeting "went well."

A USC spokesman said Haden would have no comment until the coaching search is complete.

Floyd was 85-66 coaching the Trojans from 2006 to 2009 and took the team to three consecutive NCAA tournament before resigning after the 2009 season when the NCAA began investigating allegations of improper conduct involving both the football and basketball team.

The NCAA found that Floyd had not personally committed any violations, but USC drew penalties related to actions by basketball player O.J. Mayo.

"I feel they should know that USC reached out, that no violations were found by the NCAA with USC basketball," Floyd said.

"I felt like I got my name back when I got offered a number of jobs when I left USC. Pat and I talked at length," Floyd said.

Floyd's replacement, Kevin O'Neill, was fired by Haden in January. Bob Cantu, a former Floyd assistant, has been coaching the Trojans.

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