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Horn picked as USC's basketball coach

University of South Carolina football players practice Tuesday afternoon at the Proving Grounds on Bluff Road.
University of South Carolina football players practice Tuesday afternoon at the Proving Grounds on Bluff Road.

South Carolina has picked Darrin Horn as its new men's basketball coach, several sources said Monday. A press conference is expected Tuesday to introduce Horn.

Horn, 35, leaves Western Kentucky, his alma mater, after five seasons. He replaces Dave Odom, who stepped down after his seventh season as the Gamecocks coach.

The USC board of trustees, which has to approve Horn's contrct, has been called for a meeting Tuesday at 11 a.m. Board chairman Herbert Adams confirmed to The State that the meeting, which will probably be via teleconference, is regarding the new basketball coach, but could not say who the new coach would be.

Details of Horn's deal with USC are unknown, but the source said the base salary is in the range of $750,000.

A press conference is expected to take place Tuesday, according to another source.

The Gamecock players are expected to be told later today, when they attend their end-of-season banquet. It was originally supposed to be held Sunday night at Odom's house, but was postponed because of the weather.

Horn has been the leading candidate, sources have said for several days. USC athletics director Eric Hyman called his Western Kentucky counterpart over the weekend to tell him he would be contacting Horn.

Horn was 111-48 in five seasons at Western Kentucky, winning the Sun Belt conference for the first time this season. The Hilltoppers received a No. 12 seed in the NCAA tournament, then advanced to the Sweet 16 by beating fifth-seeded Drake and No. 13 San Diego.

Horn's last game at WKU ended up being a Thursday loss to top seed UCLA, which two days later advanced to this weekend's Final Four.

This was the Hilltoppers' only NCAA tournament appearance under Horn, but they also advanced to the NIT. In 2006 they made the second round, where they were eliminated in the second round with a loss at South Carolina.

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