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Floyd news conference to precede Leinart's

Updated: January 14, 2005, 1:56 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

LOS ANGELES -- Tim Floyd is being hired as Southern California's basketball coach, taking the job Rick Majerus accepted then abruptly quit last month.

USC spokesman Tim Tessalone said Thursday that a news conference will be held Friday afternoon on campus to introduce Floyd.

Tessalone told ESPN.com that Floyd would take over as head coach on April 1, but would be allowed to recruit on the road. Floyd will technically fill an assistant's position on the staff, but he won't be coaching. ...

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