Sources: Tim Floyd to be named UTEP basketball coach

There are 147 comments on the El Paso Times story from Mar 30, 2010, titled Sources: Tim Floyd to be named UTEP basketball coach. In it, El Paso Times reports that:

Tim Floyd will be named UTEP's basketball coach today, sources close to the program say.

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“It's always sunny in El Paso.”

Since: Sep 08

El Paso, TX

#152 Mar 31, 2010
Aggie BB Fan wrote:
2010-2011 Aggies sweep the Miners!
It'll be interesting to see who makes it back to the NCAA Tournament first.

It's all about Miner Hoops.
So What

El Paso, TX

#153 Mar 31, 2010
Okie 4 UTEP wrote:
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And Floyd will be cold busted as well, bringing our Miners down the shaft with him! But, I digress. Cheering for the Tigers now!
Then why don't you change your handle to Blowing Barbee Now instead of OKIE 4 UTEP?
So What

El Paso, TX

#154 Mar 31, 2010
Coach Floyd will do well at UTEP, allegations or no. And if we only have 2 out of 5 back to play, so what? With Floyd will come some primo talent -- even if he's not out chasing it. Good players know good coaches and they'll come knocking -- or they'll get their coaches to send info on them. Either way, Floyd will recruit great talent that will replace and quite possibly exceed what is already here. I agree with Caracter and Moultrie leaving early being a huge mistake for both of them. Culpepper? He's fun to watch when he shows up to play but if he wants to disappear in the Euro leagues, rather than improve his stock, so be it! In fact, if all 3 want to disappear (which is what will happen to them) then let them go! I have confidence that Floyd has the feelers already out there and that talent awaits. Don't count on the yearly Conference Championships and NCAA Tourney titles yet. Take it a step at a time. 1st step? Buy tickets, people!!! Get the season tickets wrapped up NOW, before they go up in price. And even if they do, let's prove all the idiots nationwide that this town is NOT full of swap-meet shoppers who want something for nothing. That's the ONLY way we'll be a proven winner for a long time. Couple Floyd with great talent and a strong fan base and the ripple effects will be heard across country for years to come. On a different note, I hope Floyd hunts down that kid Marcus Ruppel and brings him back. That kid was an amazing talent that got away because of bad blood with Barbee. He's a kid that
Floyd can build around.

Houston, TX

#155 Mar 31, 2010
BxD wrote:
OWLS, what the F are u talking about. We care about the eco-marathon, academics, and the students. Just not right now! Did you live in el paso and now live in a houston the largest and richest city in tx, with two large universities. Dude, let it go! We live in the border and we get dumped on by everyone. We deserve better! But, for some reason many people dont want us to better ourselves. Let us enjoy this. Let it go!
"Just not right now!" Hmmmm, we don't care about the students or academics right now? Hopefully that is a minority opinion. The truth is that academics is central to the supposed goals of an educational institution. Being able to lose focus on the primary role of the institution is not a good quality, make no mistake. It is indicative of the environment which allows the horrible graduation rates, the lack of educational support that the administration has cultivated.

The students deserve better, and it serves no one well to "not care about academics right now!".

Since: Dec 09

Seoul, Korea

#157 Apr 1, 2010
Dot Dot Dot wrote:
And who the hell is Gregg Doyel? Never even heard of him before that linked page.
The guy seriously seems like a fan who tried seeking Floyds autograph and got the shaft.
If that crap he wrote, I won't even call it a column, seriously doesn't have "Axe to Grind." stamped all over it, than somebody is seriously gonna get lit the **** on fire when they're sleeping in my neighborhood tonight.(Kidding, btw, I live in the Willows, for those who think I'm some juareno.)
Amen Brother/Sister
robinsuttonsbayb ahle

El Paso, TX

#158 Apr 2, 2010
big deal a loser in the nba a cheater @ usc & what has the idiot head football coach done for utep
not guilty

El Paso, TX

#159 Apr 2, 2010
Tim Floyd:'I'm going to come out on the good end of this'
01:05 PMYahoo!
Recommend After being hired as the men's basketball coach at Texas-El Paso on Tuesday, Tim Floyd has hit the airwaves this morning to talk about his new gig.

But that's not all he's talking about. Many questions aimed at Floyd revolve around his last college job at Southern California and the accusations that he gave a handler for O.J. Mayo $1,000. Floyd has denied the vehemently denied the allegations from the start.

Now, it appears, he's ready to tell at least part of his side of the story.

Making an appearance on Sirius XM Mad Dog Radio with host Gary Williams (not the Maryland coach), Floyd talked about why he stepped away from the job and why he didn't directly address the accusations in the media.

"When you fight your battles in the media, first of all you offend the people that you're eventually going to have to go and talk in front of. And the second thing you do is you probably scaring the people that you're going to have to work for in the future. So that was my choice.

"It was the most difficult thing I've ever had to go through. But I made a decision to leave USC because I was branded by my athletics director and I was just uncomfortable. I was uncomforatble and if you've ever had a boss you didn't want to work for, if you want to stay there and work for him that's your choice. At this point in my life I did not have to. And I'm really extremely proud of the job that I did there and at other universities. And the fact that I've never, ever been accused of anything.

"There was a degree of misrepresentation and misportraying and just throwing things out there and hoping I would react and it would stick.... I fought it where I needed to fight it. And I'm going to come out on the good end of this."

Williams then asked Floyd if, in regards to Mayo, had any concerns about it being a comprimised student-athlete? Floyd jumped right back into action:

"You see, there we go again. Let me tell you something. If you think that I made the decision for O.J. Mayo to come on his own, you would be wrong," Floyd said. "This was five months after Reggie Bush. Everybody (at USC) was on high alert. I'm really proud of how USC conducted their business.

"He was vetted as much as any student-athlete has ever been vetted ... were we suspicious? Everybody, everybody in college basketball is suspicious of everybody. That's just the way it is. You have to be"

If presented the same opportunity to recruit O.J. Mayo again, would Floyd do it?

"Would I do it again? Yes, absolutely," Floyd said. "Because O.J. is a very good person and a very good player. There is an underground economy in the sport. And I'm not saying anythign about the case. Nothing about the case. But if anybody thinks that O.J. Mayo, with his talents, was bought for $1,000, you're out of your damn mind. That's absolutely preposterous."

-- Tim Gardner

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