LOS ANGELES – Southern California coach Kevin O’Neill was suspended for the rest of the Pac-10 tournament Friday after a confrontation with an Arizona booster.
The school announced the suspension about two hours before the Trojans played the Wildcats in the semifinals at Staples Center. It said assistant Bob Cantu would take over.
USC athletic director Pat Haden said in a statement that O’Neill would receive additional discipline that would remain private.
O’Neill apologized through multiple media outlets earlier Friday for what he said was a confrontation involving himself, his wife and an Arizona booster on Thursday night at the team’s hotel after the Trojans’ quarterfinal victory against California.
As the coach and his wife, Roberta came off an elevator, O’Neill encountered an Arizona booster with whom he said he doesn’t get along.
O’Neill said he and the booster got into a verbal confrontation in the lobby and that his wife also became involved. He said there was no physical contact and that the argument ended when a security guard approached.