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Hungry for the chance

Updated: December 31, 2009, 3:15 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPN Los Angeles

He was -- if anybody was counting -- probably USC's fourth or fifth choice. Which is the kind of fact you generally would not say to someone's face or joke about unless you know him well.

But for some reason nothing much seems uncomfortable to talk about with Kevin O'Neill, who became USC men's basketball coach in June.

"I know I wasn't their first choice,'' he jokes while sitting courtside at the Galen Center after a recent practice. "I know I wasn't my wife's first choice either.''

There ...

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