Longtime USC assistant coach Bob Cantu, who interviewed for a head coaching position at UC Davis at the Final Four in Houston earlier this month, is no longer a candidate for the spot and plans to stay at USC for the 2011-2012 season, he confirmed Thursday.
Cantu, now the Trojans' associate head coach under Kevin O'Neill, had also been a candidate for the head coaching vacancy at Fresno State, which was filled by former Texas assistant Rodney Terry. Those were the only two spots he was known to be up for this offseason.
"I am not a candidate for any head coaching positions," Cantu said Thursday, the day after the NCAA-sanctioned spring recruiting period came to a close. "I'm focused on recruiting and next season."
The upcoming season will be Cantu's 11th at USC and his second as the school's associate head coach. He has worked under four head coaching regimes with the Trojans: O'Neill, Tim Floyd, Henry Bibby and interim coach Jim Saia.
At the team's annual postseason banquet last month, O'Neill told a crowd of boosters and alumni he expected Cantu to get a head coaching job sooner rather than later.
Cantu, who coached the Trojans in the Pac-10 tournament semifinals against Arizona after O'Neill was suspended for the game, is also the Trojans' lead recruiter.