Cantu won't be part of USC coaching staff

Longtime USC assistant basketball coach Bob Cantu announced on his Twitter account on Saturday night that he will not return to the Trojans staff.

“I would like to thank USC for 12 good years!” Cantu wrote. “I will not be returning as a coach at USC and wish the best to the future staff. Fight on!!”

Cantu was part of four coaching staffs during his 12 years at USC and was named the interim coach earlier this year after Kevin O’Neill was fired. Cantu led the Trojans to a 7-8 record, including victories over UCLA and Arizona.

USC hired Andy Enfield, formerly of Florida Gulf Coast, as its next basketball coach. Enfield stated at his introductory press conference that he would look at have assistant coaches with experience in the local basketball market. Among the names rumored so far are Jason Hart, who played at Inglewood and is now an assistant coach at Pepperdine, and Tony Bland, who played at Westchester and is now an assistant at San Diego State.