USC’s coaching search is reportedly looking to the SEC for the Trojans’ next headman.

Multiple outlets, including 247Sports’ HawgSports, are reporting that Arkansas’ Eric Musselman will interview for the USC head coaching job.

USC’s Andy Enfield recently departed for SMU, a job Musselman was also linked to in the rumor mill. In their last season as a Pac-12 program, Enfield’s Trojans went 15-18 overall and 8-12 in conference play. USC is joining the Big Ten starting in the 2024-25 athletic season, which begins this fall.

Musselman credited with getting Arkansas over NCAA Tournament hump

If Musselman moves on, he’ll be leaving Arkansas after a down year, but a successful tenure.

The Hogs have posted a 111-59 record in 5 seasons under Musselman. Arkansas reached the Sweet 16 three times, with two trips to the Elite 8. The 2023-24 campaign is the only year Musselman’s Razorbacks have missed an NCAA Tournament that was played.

Before Musselman’s arrival, Arkansas had been struggling to get out of the NCAA Tournament’s opening weekend. In 2021, the Razorbacks returned to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1996. With a win, the Hogs made it their first Elite 8 since 1995.

In Musselman’s first season, Arkansas was 20-12 when the NCAA basketball season was shut down before March Madness due to COVID-19. The Hogs missed the 2024 postseason after going 16-17 and just 6-12 in SEC play.

Musselman’s California roots

Though Musselman was born in Ashland, Ohio, taking the USC job would be a homecoming of sorts for the 59-year-old.

Many Arkansas fans remember that Musselman shared a special moment with his mom, Kristine Musselman Platt, at the 2022 Sweet 16 in San Francisco. Kris lives in San Diego, and the San Francisco game was her first opportunity to watch Musselman coach the Razorbacks in person.

Musselman speaks fondly of growing up in San Diego and purchases the Extra Innings TV package to watch Padres baseball games in Arkansas. Musselman played at San Diego from 1983-87.

Musselman’s other California stops include coaching stints with the Golden State Warriors (2002-04), Sacramento Kings (2006-07) and the G League’s Los Angeles D-Fenders (2011-12).


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