Posted Online: Jan. 14, 2013, 6:37 pm

USC fires O'Neill

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LOS ANGELES — 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. "We tried to do as well as we could, tried to get the program to the highest level. My goal every day going in there was to try to win a national title."

He had a 48-65 record at the school known primarily for its powerful football program after going 6-26 last year while setting a USC record for losses.

O'Neill is a former head coach at Marycrest College.

— Associated Press