Miller bounces back to USC as coach

September 03, 1993|By Los Angeles Times

LOS AHGELES — LOS ANGELES -- Cheryl Miller, seven years after leaving as the star of the women's basketball team, returned to Southern Cal yesterday as that team's coach.

Athletic director Mike Garrett, as expected, named her to replace Marianne Stanley.

Miller, 29, was a four-time USC All-American and the leading scorer on the gold medal-winning 1984 U.S. Olympic team.

"I can't believe I'm back home," she said in a prepared statement. "I have the same emotions that I had when I signed my letter of intent with USC -- excitement, nervousness, confidence."

Terms of her contract were not revealed.

Miller never has been a head coach, but she was a USC assistant from 1987 to 1991.

Said Garrett, after the late-afternoon announcement: "It's great to have her back. She's a great Trojan and no one understands women's basketball better. I'm as happy as a Trojan in the Rose Bowl, winning the national championship."

Stanley, who coached the USC women the past four seasons, is in litigation with USC and Garrett over her contract, which expired in June.

She has filed an $8 million sex-discrimination suit.

Robert L. Bell, the attorney representing Stanley, cautioned that any action by USC might be nullified by a court decision.

Last week, Judge John G. Davies of the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles rejected a motion that would have reinstated Stanley for the 1993-94 season while her suit against USC and Garrett is pending.

Bell appealed that decision, then filed a motion with Davies, asking for a preliminary injunction stopping USC from hiring a new coach until the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of the Appeals rules on the appeal.

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