Longtime USC basketball coach Bob Boyd, who led the program for 13 years from 1967 to 1979, died Wednesday of natural causes in Palm Desert, Calif. He was 84.
Boyd was 216-131 as the coach of the Trojans, who reached the postseason four times under his leadership. He was also named conference coach of the year twice.
In 1971, Boyd's Trojans went 24-2 and finished ranked No. 5 in the country. His teams also dealt the John Wooden-coached Bruins their first losses at Pauley Pavilion in 1969 and 1970.
“He had USC basketball going when I was here," said USC Athletic Director Pat Haden, who played football for the Trojans in the early 70s. "Unfortunately,...