Michael Cooper resigns as USC coach

Michael Cooper has resigned as USC coach, after four seasons:

USC athletic director Pat Haden announced Wednesday that USC women’s basketball coach Michael Cooper has resigned from his position. This comes after Cooper led the Women of Troy to an 11-20 overall record this season, and a 7-11 mark in Pac-12 play, good enough for seventh place in the conference. The team did not qualify for postseason play in 2013.

“This program has to move forward, and it should have moved forward under my leadership. The best thing is for me to step down,” Cooper said to USCTrojans.com. “I really want to thank the administration here at USC. Pat Haden and Donna Heinel and everyone have been very supportive. Coaching these young women at USC has been a wonderful experience for me. I wish nothing but the best for USC and the women’s basketball program.”

So with a 72-57 record, Cooper goes.

WHY are Oregon’s Paul Westhead and Arizona’s Niya Butts allowed to stay after comparable time at the helm? I get more pissed the more I think about it.