January 15, 2013 |
KEVIN O'NEILL took over a troubled Southern California basketball team, getting the Trojans back to the NCAA Tournament after NCAA issues kept them out in his first season while producing winning records twice in 3 1/2 years. It wasn't enough. He was fired on Monday, with the Trojans 7-10 overall and 2-2 in the Pac-12 after splitting their road trip last weekend. "We just didn't win enough last year and this year. That's what this business is," O'Neill told the Associated Press by phone.
February 23, 2010 |
Kevin M. O'Neill, 66, of Maple Glen, a salesman and an enthusiastic host, died of an apparent heart attack Friday at his home. The youngest of seven children, Mr. O'Neill enjoyed entertaining his large extended family. Every Memorial Day, he and his wife, Ellen Higley O'Neill, hosted a party for 120 relatives at Mondauk Park in Upper Dublin. Festivities featured his signature vodka-mint-and-lemonade cocktails, Mummers, and costumed characters. At weddings, he distributed hats from his collection of more than 200, and caused a frenzy on the dance floor as people reached for their favorites, his family said.
March 27, 2008 |
California fired coach Ben Braun yesterday following another disappointing season in which the Golden Bears missed the NCAA Tournament. Braun spent 12 years at Cal and made the tournament five times. But the Bears went to the NCAA Tournament only once in his final 5 seasons, leading to the decision by athletic director Sandy Barbour. Cal finished in ninth place in the Pac-10 this season, going 17-16 overall and 6-12 in the conference despite having a talented roster that included likely future NBA players in Ryan Anderson, DeVon Hardin and Patrick Christopher.
June 28, 2004 |
Assistant Sam Mitchell skipped yesterday's practice with the Charlotte Bobcats, furthering speculation he would become the new head coach of the Toronto Raptors. Charlotte coach and general manager Bernie Bickerstaff didn't confirm that Mitchell has gotten the Raptors job, but sounded like he's already planning to find a new assistant. "He's fortunate enough to get the opportunity, and we're really pleased about it," Bickerstaff said. "We appreciate the way they've handled things.
June 8, 2004 |
The Toronto Raptors hired Rob Babcock yesterday to be the team's general manager, a month after they declined to give him the job. The Raptors have been looking for a general manager since firing Glen Grunwald on April 1. He was replaced on an interim basis by Jack McCloskey, who favored Babcock from the start. Babcock interviewed twice for the job several weeks ago, but the Raptors didn't reach a decision until last Friday. Babcock spent the last two seasons as the top assistant to Minnesota Timberwolves general manager Kevin McHale, serving as the team's vice president of player personnel.
June 2, 2004 |
Julius Erving is no longer a candidate to be general manager of the Toronto Raptors, who are looking for a replacement since firing Glen Grunwald on April 1. Doctor J, the Sixers great, was an executive vice president with Orlando for six seasons before leaving the Magic last summer. Raptors star Vince Carter backed Erving for the Raptors' job, and Erving was interested. "He's not in the mix," interim GM Jack McCloskey said yesterday. The Raptors hope to have a GM before the NBA draft June 24. They're also looking for a coach to replace the fired Kevin O'Neill.
April 16, 2004 |
His job status shaky, coach Kevin O'Neill yesterday questioned the Toronto Raptors' commitment to winning. "There needs to be a singular focus on winning and winning only," O'Neill said one day after the Raptors finished 33-49 in his first season. "There are too many things that go on that detract from winning. There's too many people around the players. There's too many latchers-on. There's too many personal agendas, too many vendettas. " O'Neill refused to specifically say who he was talking about, but he said that players' entourages weren't the problem.
November 20, 2003 |
Life has been a little different - and a little more difficult - this season for Toronto point guard Alvin Williams, a former star at Germantown Academy and Villanova. Williams is playing for a new head coach, Kevin O'Neill, and his streak of 195 starts has ended. His playing time has been reduced - from an average of nearly 34 minutes last season to 17.7. Part of it is having to adjust to O'Neill's deliberate offense. For the last three season, Williams directed the more free-flowing offense employed by Lenny Wilkens.
June 18, 2003 |
Kevin O'Neill will be introduced as head coach of the Toronto Raptors today, a basketball source said. O'Neill, a former assistant coach for the Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks, is expected to get a contract that runs at least 2 years, the source said yesterday. The Raptors scheduled a news conference for today. A team spokesman would not confirm the hiring. Reached by phone, O'Neill declined to comment. "I have no comment on the job until I have the job," he said.
December 10, 2000 |
Bill Carmody insists that his mind was clear and that he carefully thought out his decision before leaving Princeton, where he won 92 games in four seasons as head basketball coach, to accept the same job at Northwestern. Yes, Northwestern, a team that won five games last season and lost all 16 of its games in the Big Ten. A team that saw its second-leading scorer and two other regulars transfer to other schools. A team that has 11 freshmen and sophomores and only one player taller than 6-foot-7 as it prepares for play in the rugged Big Ten. The Northwestern job is considered one of the most thankless in college basketball.