January 14, 2013 by Seth Rubinroit
By Seth Rubinroit
For the last 12 seasons, Bob Cantu has been the one constant for the USC basketball program, serving as a faithful assistant under four different head coaches.
When Kevin O’Neill was hired by USC, he had never even met Cantu, but he decided to keep Cantu on his coaching staff anyways because he was familiar with Cantu’s passion for USC and his reputation as an ace recruiter.
When Pat Haden announced today that O’Neill has been “relieved from his duties,” he also announced that Cantu would have the opportunity to serve as the interim head coach.
Cantu is used to having little time to prepare to be head coach. He learned only hours before 2011 Pac-10 Tournament semifinal game against Arizona that O’Neill was suspended and he would therefore serve as head coach.
I wrote a feature on Cantu’s tenure at USC for The Daily Trojan.