- Mar 20, 2002
Not sure why anyone would consider the Final 4 run a fluke. We were ranked as high as 16 in December, fell out of the rankings but climbed back up to 19 by February. We also had a stretch of games where Sin didn't play and it cost us a few wins as he was the heart and soul of that team. As for the tournament run, we got hot at the right moment and Sindarius Thornwell carried our team on his back. It's not like we were beating bad teams in the tournament. After we beat a decent Marquette team we went on to beat 2 seed Duke, 3 seed Baylor, and 4 seed Florida. Then we came close to beating #1 seed Gonzaga and had Sin not gotten sick we probably would have beat them too.Who extends a coach with a 60% win record heading into his 10th year? The final 4 run was a complete fluke. They weren’t even ranked the entire regular season and he’s still using that as leverage 4 years later. This smells just like Muschamp’s renewed contract after a mediocre season. One thing is for sure. Winning games is not a prerequisite to coach at USC. Beamer loves this because he knows winning doesn’t really matter at USC.