USC basketball coach Kevin O'Neill has listed his Downtown Los Angeles condo for sale and moved to Coronado Island near San Diego, he told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Monday night.
He has been making the four-hour round-trip commute from Coronado to USC for nearly two months now, he said, using the time alone in his car to catch up on phone calls to recruits and other basketball-related people. He leaves his home at either 4 a.m. or 9 a.m. to avoid traffic and heads back around 8 or 9 p.m. each day.
With his condo for sale and being rented out, O'Neill has rented a nearby apartment to use when he needs to stay close to the USC campus. During the season, he said, he'll stay at the apartment more often than he'll drive down to Coronado.
O'Neill, 55, said he and his wife, Roberta, came to a mutual decision to move their "home base" south. O'Neill's son from a previous marriage, Sean, also lives on Coronado Island with his wife, which made the adjustment easier.
O'Neill, entering his fourth season as the Trojans' head coach this fall, originally purchased his Downtown condominium for $2.15 million in September 2010. He has frequently extolled the virtues of living closer than two miles from campus.
He said he doesn't anticipate his move to be an issue.
"To me, it's not a big deal at all," O'Neill said. "I have two different places. One's in Coronado and one's in Downtown.
"When I need to be Downtown, I'll be Downtown."