It's a cliché that needs to be called out on more often: coaches praising the quality of their conference.
You know the jargon. You go up and down throughout this league and there's not an easy win. I'll put our league up against anybody. The fact of the matter is, you can't take any team for granted.
After Tim Floyd and UTEP absolutely embarrassed Memphis Saturday afternoon, defeating the Tigers in El Paso, 74-47, the often-embattled coach took the the postgame microphone and used it as a means of making a PR pitch about his conference.
He also took a swipe at Andy Katz for writing this.
The heart of the folly of what Floyd has to say is in the first two minutes of the presser.
Goodness does that irk me. Rice? RICE? You're making Rice references as means to how good your league is? And Central Florida may as well be a different species, let alone team, from what it was when it knocked off Florida. At a certain point, the conference coachspeak moves beyond a dry, worn-out quote and enters territory of tunnel vision and absurdity.
Floyd seems fairly comfortable there.
Let the record show: Conference USA is ranked as the eighth-best league by most statistical indicators and no longer has one team considered anywhere near a lock by any mainstream big-bracket prognosticator.
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