Former USC coach Bob Boyd dies

LOS ANGELES -- Bob Boyd, the Southern California basketball coach who led the Trojans to four postseason appearances in the 1960s and `70s, died Wednesday. He was 84.

The school said Boyd died of natural causes at his home in Palm Desert. He had planned to attend the UCLA-USC game at Galen Center in the evening with his son.

Boyd had a 216-131 record in 13 seasons from 1967-79, including reaching the 1979 NCAA tournament, 1973 NIT and 1974 and '75 Commissioner's Conference tournaments. His 1971 team went 24-2 and was ranked nationally.

His team's victories over John Wooden's UCLA teams in 1969 and 1970 were the Bruins' first defeats in Pauley Pavilion. He was a two-time conference coach of the year and coached future NBA players Paul Westphal and Gus Williams.

Boyd played basketball at USC from 1950-52, and was the team's MVP in his senior season.

He coached at Seattle University for two years in the mid-1960s, then at USC. After leaving the Trojans, he was the head coach at Mississippi State (1982-86), Riverside Community College in 1989 and Chapman University from 1990-92. He was later an assistant at LSU and Utah State.

Boyd is survived by sons Bill, who played at USC under his father from 1973-76; Jim and John; and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by wife Betty and another son, Bruce.

He was inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Pac-12 Basketball Hall of Honor in 2004.

Services were pending.