Report: Arkansas’ Eric Musselman set to interview for USC head coach opening

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Arkansas basketball head coach Eric Musselman is set to interview for the USC opening, according to Scott Schrader of We Are SC.

This comes on the heels of former coach Andy Enfield leaving for SMU. That left quite the opening for a team headed to the Big Ten in 2024.

Musselman’s been a highly successful coach at Arkansas and is reportedly interviewing for the gig Wednesday.

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In five years with the Razorbacks, Musselman is 111-59 overall and made it to three NCAA Tournaments, including back-to-back Elite Eight’s in 2021 and ’22.

However, Musselman and Arkansas missed out on this year’s NCAA Tournament with a 16-17 record. He led Nevada for four years prior to Arkansas, going 110-34 and made it to three NCAA Tournaments.

Overall, Musselman is 221-93 as a head coach. Previously, it seemed Arkansas confirmed Musselman would return to the school.

But once Enfield left for SMU, it opened up a new can of worms in the college basketball coaching carousel.

There is enticing talent at USC, such as Isaiah Collier, a former five-star recruit. Not to mention Bronny James, the son of LeBron James. However, it remains to be seen if one or both will declare for the NBA Draft due to interest or the coaching change.

Not to mention the transfer portal as well, something Musselman isn’t afraid to use one way or another.

Eric Musselman to interview for USC opening, replacing Andy Enfield

A proven winner, Enfield burst onto the coaching scene in 2013 when, in his second year as a head coach, he guided Florida Gulf Coast to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

Following that success, he was hired by Southern Cal, where he has led the Trojans to five of the last eight NCAA Tournaments, including a run to the Elite Eight in 2021.

“We are excited to announce Andy Enfield as Head Men’s Basketball Coach at SMU,” SMU AD Rick Hart said in a satement. “Coach Enfield is enthusiastic about joining the Mustang family and the ACC. He has a strong track record of building winning teams on the court and in the classroom and pursuing championships with integrity. We believe he is a game changer for SMU Men’s Basketball.”