College Basketball Nation: Evan Smith

Trojans chirp at Floyd defectors

December, 31, 2009
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If tonight's matchup between conference foes USC and Arizona needs any hype, it just officially got some.

As you'll no doubt remember, Tim Floyd had himself a bit of an unfortunate offseason. After being implicated in a Yahoo! Sports report tying him directly to some not-exactly-above-board O.J. Mayo-related recruiting issues, Floyd decided to quickly and quietly resign his post as USC's head coach. This left the program in a lurch. Players transferred. Floyd's 2009 recruiting class dispersed. USC was headed for a rebuilding year, or five.

That's not exactly how it's worked out; thanks to the return of guard Mike Gerrity, USC might be the surprise of the 2009-10 Pac-10 thus far. And current USC players -- those who didn't understandably decide, like former USC recruits and current Arizona players Derrick Williams, Solomon Hill and Lamont Jones, to head for greener, more stable pastures -- are letting the defectors know they're not forgetting the betrayal.

Freshman forward Evan Smith, please step to the mic:

"I just want to win this [expletive] game because they left us, they left the program," Smith said. "They all decided over some [expletive] controversy, they all decided to dip out."

Like I said, if you needed any hype to get you ready for what is probably, without contextual considerations, just an OK game, you now have it. This is some professional wrestling-type stuff. Rumble of the class of 2009! Or something! We should probably find a better name for it, but, yeah, you get the idea.

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