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Tim Floyd will not go quietly into that night

Posted on: February 24, 2011 9:28 am

Posted by Matt Norlander

What we have here is our viral video of the day.

Why does Tim Floyd have that NHL feel to him? That we only talk about him whenever things don't seem to be going well or there's controversy surrounding him. It's never about the success or good times with Floyd, whose UTEP team started out 17-4 with nary a positive column written about it.

Now the Miners are 20-8 on the heels of last night's 83-76 road loss to Eastern Carolina, an at-large bid surely all but evaporated. The game, as you can see above, is one Floyd was ejected from and had to be restrained/removed by building security. Such a sentence never says good things about the state of your coach or program.

You don't see Jamie Dixon, Rick Barnes, John Calipari, Bo Ryan, Tom Izzo, Sean Miller getting tossed from games and needing uniformed men ushering them into the bowels of arenas.

The reasons for Floyd's temper tantrum are surely myriad, but ECU's 45 attempts from the foul line had to be a primary catalyst. But reasons aren't reason for this behavior. Look at the video again. It's embarrassing.

For all the wrong reasons, Floyd's the closest thing we have today to Bob Knight.

In the first 35 seconds of the video you can see the UTEP players convening, sans Floyd, and trying to regroup themselves amid struggles on the road against .500 team. Floyd's too busy making demeaning chatter with the official, whose mouth you can read; he's clearing saying, "Back off."

After a brief lapse of time, the video cuts to a few moments later, when Floyd can't keep his yap shut, storming down the sideline and berating an official, looking right out of a Looney Tunes episode with the way his mouth is motoring. Then the T comes, and Floyd's instantly in the paint and charging the official.

Apology to come or not, this isn't what UTEP or Conference USA needs. The driving headlines out of the conference this year have been about Memphis players transferring, the overall lack of an uptick in play in the wake of Memphis' drift back to mortality in the conference ... and now this.

The worst thing about Floyd's behavior: it's not surprising. Pay for what you get, UTEP.
Category: NCAAB
Tags: Tim Floyd, UTEP

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2011 10:48 am

Tim Floyd will not go quietly into that night

That's the best you've got? You wrote this entire column to take a shot at Bob Knight? Sorry kid, you're probably not old enough to be qualified to base any opinion on Knight, nor old enough to recall others whom you failed to mention here. It would be more appropriate to say that Tim Floyd is the closest thing to Tom Chaney. You obviously are too young to remember John Chaney's 1994 meltdown whereby in a post game interview he went after John Calipari shreiking "I'll kill you!". It was perhaps the ugliest incident in coaching history. Take a peek at it on YouTube. However, because of political correctness, Chaney's behavior was always excused, and he was simply referred to as a "passionate" coach. Yeah right. The guy was nuts. Maybe you need to have a look at Georgetown's John Thompson famous 1990 meltdown and ejection vs. Syracuse. Of course he was just another "passionate" coach. If you want to rip Floyd, that's OK. But using this column to take a shot at the best college of all time, and the guy with more wins than anybody else, is pretty weak. Everyone knows why the left hates Bob Knight, and it has more to do with his political beliefs than basketball or personality. 

Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2011 10:40 am

Tim Floyd will not go quietly into that night


Since: Feb 24, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2011 10:37 am

What conference is Eastern Carolina in?

I know East Carolina is in CUSA.
Sometimes, teams do foul a lot. And if refs don't call fouls, the game gets too physical and out of hand and then people whine that the refs let it get out of control.

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2011 10:14 am

Tim Floyd will not go quietly into that night

I loved it! Tim Floyd was bound to get ejected after he kept going on and on. Ultimately, it hurt his team but it sure was entertaining!

Since: Feb 24, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2011 10:12 am

Tim Floyd will not go quietly into that night

45 attempts, wow!  How about calling out the officials for a change.  Yeah its a bit much, but millions are on the line and thats a lot of pressure to deal with.  You failed to mention how many attempts UTEP had.

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