“We’re trying to be comparable nationally to what Duke and Carolina have accomplished 10 miles apart,” Floyd said. “We recognize that the other three [Duke, UNC and UCLA] are there. Ten years ago, 12 years ago, I would have never made a comment like this, because you never try to over-promise and under-deliver, but at this point in my career I recognize this is my last job. We want to set the bar high, and we’ll never get there unless we set the bar high.”
— Tim Floyd on USC v UCLA trying to be like Duke v UNC
Floyd compared USC’s private school education, the lofty price tag to attend and the academic reputation to Duke. He said the wealth of talent in southern California makes the rivalry even more of a possibility.