USC assistant coach Jason Hart interviewed Henry Bibby and it’s worth watching since it might be Bibby’s first public event affiliated with the university since he was fired back in 2004.
This quote is priceless:
“No other school was interested in me when I was winning at ‘SC, which is incredible as well,” Bibby said. “You think, we go to the Elite Eight (in 2001), we beat UCLA a few times, we have some 20-game seasons, that people would be knocking on my door, but nobody knocked on my door.
“It was really interesting. To this day, I can’t (fathom) what happened.”
Well, it wasn’t so crazy to those who were around USC at the time. Bibby created an often toxic environment around his teams that became widely known in basketball circles. All you had to do was speak to former players to know what kind of drama you would invite by hiring him. Then-athletic director Mike Garrett tolerated it but no one else wanted to. Any athletic director that did five minutes of research knew better.
No one knocked on Bibby’s door but he did plenty of knocking. Right after USC lost to Duke in the Elite Eight, I remember walking in the locker room and seeing a USC assistant coach huddled in the corner with an ESPN reporter. That night, the reporter wrote Bibby was being courted by Rutgers.
So there were schools who knocked on Bibby’s door? Or was the story planted with a reporter to try and give Bibby leverage into getting a raise at USC? Nothing else ever came of the Rutgers story.
Anyways, enjoy the interview.
The Pac-12 has zero Black head coaches in men's basketball.— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) February 16, 2021
Former @USC_Hoops head coach Henry Bibby and current associate head coach @JHart_1825 would like to see that changed.#USCBHM pic.twitter.com/v2vB429uo6