Pac-12 Basketball: USC's Kevin O'Neil Is Sitting on the Hottest Seat in CBB

Doug BrodessCorrespondent IAugust 28, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 25:  Head coach Kevin O'Neill of the USC Trojans talks to his players as they take on the UNLV Rebels during the third round of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational at the Orleans Arena November 25, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. UNLV won 66-55.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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USC Trojan's Kevin O'Neil is facing a make-or-break season in 2012-13.

After three years in Troy, he has registered a disappointing 41-55 record.

Last season, with a team that was ravaged by injuries and internal conflict, Southern Cal went a dismal 6-26, 1-17 in the inaugural year of the Pac 12.

Attendance at 2011-12 home games at the 10,000+ seating capacity Galen Center was 3,970, the third lowest among BCS-Conference schools.

If O'Neil had an extensive winning record with conference championships and national titles to lean upon, he might have a little more time to work through things. However, he has a .474 winning percentage in leading five different Division I schools over his 15-year collegiate coaching career.

It's possible that USC could bounce back this season.

The Orange County Register's Michael Lev believes that O'Neil has options for the first time since becoming the Trojans head coach three years ago.

Jio Fontan and Maurice Jones should create a lethal backcourt tandem.

Seven-footer Dewayne Dedmon returns to patrol the paint.

Wake Forest transfers Ari Stewart and J.T. Terrell could come up huge.

On paper, USC could jump into the middle of the Pac-12 race.

However, if they do not, O'Neil will be packing his bags again, moving on to yet another stop on his unpredictable coaching tour.