Former USC basketball star Tina Thompson, who is part of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 2018 class, was hired today as women’s basketball coach at Virginia.
So why is she good enough to be the coach at Virginia but not USC?
After all, USC had an opening last year. I’m sure someone at USC will tell me that it would be hard to replace one former player (Cynthia Cooper) with another former player (Thompson).
But that is why you do your homework with coaches. USC didn’t really do it with Cooper (or Steve Sarkisian).
Thompson spent the past three seasons at Texas and was associate head coach.
With her USC ties, Southern California background and WNBA/Olympic reputation, she would have been a natural hire.
She probably wasn’t even considered.