OJ Mayo Has First Practice With USC Basketball Team

“STREET BALL” AND NO DEFENSE GREET O.J. MAYO AT USC: The LOS ANGELES TIMES reports on the first practice of O.J. Mayo with the USC Trojans basketball team (as does the LADN) - and to no one’s surprise, Coach Tim Floyd is doing his best to downplay expectations of his one-and-done swingman: “He’s like every other freshman. He’s got to learn what we’re doing right now, and as he gets more confident in the system of play and in what we’re doing.

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We think Floyd has done much to revive the moribund USC program but in head-to-head matchups with Ben Howland at UCLA, he was clearly outcoached. And to us he can only take a team so far with his Guy Lewis-esque approach.

An example of that approach was his ridiculous practice plan for the team yesterday, which he detailed to the press: “Floyd said he commenced the practice with about eight minutes of ’street ball’ to learn players’ tendencies and spent the remainder of the 2-hour-20-minute session emphasizing offensive skills. The coach said he might not implement any defensive schemes until the team begins practicing for the season Oct. 12.

Street ball and no defense? Hello Round of 32!

In other USC-related news, former USC running back Emmanuel Moody revealed yesterday he is transferring to Florida. Urban Meyer confirmed the news, albeit accidently, on the same day.