USC, Virginia build for future

Want to turn your college hoops program around? Then you might want to build a new arena, like USC and Virginia did.

Updated: January 6, 2007, 2:11 AM ET
By Jonah Keri | Special to Page 2

LOS ANGELES -- When O.J. Mayo began his junior year at Cincinnati's North College Hill in the fall of 2005, rumors surfaced that he was interested in attending a West Coast university upon graduation.

This was big news at the time. Regarded as perhaps the top high school junior hoopster in the country, it seemed Mayo would be choosing UCLA over Duke, North Carolina and any number of other traditional powerhouses. The home of Wooden, Alcindor, Walton, and more national championships than ...

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