The Trojans wasted no time on their coaching search. Three days after coach Beard officially departed for UNLV we receive word that the program has made their pick for the next head coach.
Strong rumors as to the coaching search have been relatively non-existent. That combined with the speed of the decision points to an internal candidate, or someone closely associated with the program.
Support for associate coach Wes Flanigan have built among the players and key backers of the program, given his association with the program he is the most likely pick. Flanigan would have the strongest chance of retaining the current roster and recruits, while implementing the style of play that made the team successful this year. Assistant Mark Adams is another potential inside pick.
There are a number of assistant and down level coaches mentioned for the position, but typically those result in a longer vetting period and rumors. A dark horse candidate in famed alum Derek Fisher can not be ruled out, Fisher most recently coached the New York Knicks before being relieved of duty mid season, and made a rare appearance during the NCAA tournament games to cheer on the trojans.
Athletic director Chasse Conque has been relatively silent, refusing to even say if he would use an outside firm on the decision or not, giving indication he may already have a candidate in mind. After speaking briefly at the Trojan baseball game last night we walked away with the feeling that a decision was near.
The Trojan athletic department refused to comment on the selection, we will continue to monitor the situation and provide any updates as they come available.