If you get a chance, I recommend watching the 2001 Sweet 16 USC-Kentucky game with former players Sam Clancy, David Blu (Bluthenthal), Brandon Granville and Jeff Trepagnier (below).
The players are entertaining and the game brings back a lot of memories. In the first few minutes, Granville says, “(we) ended up staying in the Ritz-Carlton after that whole fiasco with Coach Bibby.”
So here’s what happened: After winning it first two games, USC took a bus from New York to Philadelphia for the Sweet 16. When it arrived at the hotel, Bibby was in a bad mood (not unusual) and complained about having to do a live ESPN interview as soon as he arrived.
The hotel had a circular design with a small number of rooms on each floor and only two elevators. Bibby was even more furious when he saw that because he didn’t like how long it took to wait for an elevator. So within a couple hours, USC left the NCAA-provided hotel and ended up at a more conventionally designed hotel.
It was important because USC arrived in Philadelphia on Monday and didn’t leave until the following Sunday.
Anyways, enjoy the game!
WATCH LIVE: The 2001 Sweet 16 victory over Kentucky with Sam Clancy, David Blu, Brandon Granville and Jeff Trepagnier. https://t.co/Up9nUULSVJ— USC Men’s Basketball (@USC_Hoops) March 17, 2021