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Cooper-Dyke returns to USC where her success began

Tuesday - 4/16/2013, 9:11pm  ET

BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Basketball has taken Cynthia Cooper-Dyke around the world, and now the Hall of Fame player is back home at Southern California.

She was introduced as the Trojans' new women's coach on Tuesday, returning to her alma mater where she helped USC win back-to-back national championships in 1983 and '84.

Cooper-Dyke was greeted by cheers at Galen Center, where nine of her former teammates were among the crowd. They hooted and hollered as she was introduced by athletic director Pat Haden, who hired her last week to replace Michael Cooper. The former Los Angeles Lakers star, who is no relation, quit last month after four seasons.

Cooper-Dyke calls USC her "dream job" and says she wants the Trojan women to win the Pac-12 championship and become a national power.


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