Former USC Assistant Stays In Columbia, Still Coaching

12:16 AM, Feb 12, 2013   |    comments
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Cypheus Bunton

Columbia, SC (WLTX) --- The world of college coaching is volatile to say the least in that every year, there are head coaches and assistants are preparing to move to the next job. Sometimes those situations are voluntary, others are out of necessity.

When Darrin Horn was fired as USC's head basketball coach back in March, his assistants did not have a seven-figure buyout as a safety net. That meant they were on their own in terms of finding employment. Neil Barry landed as an assistant at High Point, while Michael Boynton is out of coaching, but working at USC.

In the case of Cypheus Bunton, he strongly considered taking a year off because the college job market did not offer any opportunities that would motivate him to leave Columbia.

But a chance meeting with Perry Dozier at a summer camp gave Bunton a chance to take a year off from the college rat race without taking a year off from coaching. He is serving as an assistant coach under Dozier at Spring Valley High School.

Bunton says he approaches coaching at the high school level the same way he did while at Western Kentucky and USC. The biggest difference is instead of chartered planes, it's buses. But it's also less stressful because the players go home to their familiies instead of the dorms.

Bunton says he's not worried about what his next destination is, but Dozier has seen firsthand why Bunton was coaching on the college level and feels strongly that his assistant needs to be back where he belongs - working with kids on scholarships.

Bunton says it will take a special offer for him to leave Columbia, a city that he now calls home. But if his boss a Spring Valley has his way, Bunton will be a one-year assistant with the Vikings.

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