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Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Jim Saia is a coach without a team

By Diamond Leung

Jim Saia technically served two terms as USC interim head coach after Henry Bibby was fired and again after new hire Rick Majerus resigned five days into the job. He was also Steve Lavin's longtime assistant at UCLA.

Saia's career took another detour yesterday as he was named the first head coach at Cal State San Marcos (near San Diego), which doesn't yet have a team or a place to play while it applies for Division II membership.

The team won't be ready to play until the 2011-12 season, but according to the San Diego Union-Tribune, a 4,000-seat arena is being proposed.

"With the location, the possibility of building an arena, and the resources the University has committed to the program, I truly believe that within the next four to five years this will be the best NCAA Division II job in the country," Saia said in a statement.