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USC fires men's basketball coach Kevin O'Neill

USC men's basketball coach Kevin O'Neill is seen in this file photo. (facebook.com/USCTrojans)

January 14, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
USC has fired its men's basketball coach Kevin O'Neill, according to athletic director Pat Haden.

Assistant coach Bob Cantu will serve as interim head coach while the university searches for a successor.

Haden said in a statement that it became evident to him this season that the program needed new leadership and that it was best to make the change now to "re-energize" the team.

O'Neill was in his fourth year with an overall record of 48-65. The trojans are 7-10 this season.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.