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Kevin O’Neill apologizes for confrontation

Southern California head coach Kevin O'Neill yells instructions to his team during the men's Pac-10 basketball tournament against California at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on Thursday, March 10, 2011. USC topped Cal, 70-56. (Paul Rodriguez/Orange County Register/MCT)
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Southern California head coach Kevin O'Neill yells instructions to his team during the men's Pac-10 basketball tournament against California at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on Thursday, March 10, 2011. USC topped Cal, 70-56. (Paul Rodriguez/Orange County Register/MCT)

USC basketball head coach Kevin O’Neill told Yahoo!’s Jason King that he was sorry for getting into an argument with a University of Arizona booster Thursday night.

“”I apologize to the university,”” O’Neill said in a phone interview with Yahoo! Sports. “”The last thing I’d ever want to do is cause anyone any embarrassment. I’m confident our team won’t let this become a distraction.””

The former Wildcat interim coach also said that reports by PointGuardU.com were inaccurate. The fan website said that unnamed sources saw O’Neill’s wife, Roberta, in a physical altercation. It also said both were “”visibly intoxicated,”” and O’Neill told King that was untrue as well.

King and other sources say the involved Arizona booster was Paul Weitman, a friend of former Arizona head coach Lute Olson.

“”I just want to make it clear that this was someone I had a personal history with and not just some random Arizona fan off the street,”” said O’Neill, who did not name the person to King.

As of 11:45 a.m. PT, USC had not released a statement regarding O’Neill’s status for the Trojans’ game against Arizona at 6 p.m. PT. 

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