Posted on: August 13, 2010 7:16 pm
Click this link to read my Five for Friday column.
It's on Trevor Mbakwe, Myron Strong, and Jim Delany's comments about baskebtall recruiting.
Posted on: March 30, 2010 1:16 pm
Edited on: March 30, 2010 1:28 pm
Former Southern California coach Tim Floyd has reached an agreement in principle to become UTEP's next coach, a source close to the school told CBSSports.com.
An official announcement is expected later Tuesday.
Floyd resigned at USC last offseason after it was alleged that he committed major violations, among them paying O.J. Mayo's handler cash. Floyd denied all allegations. But USC was still investigated, and the Trojans did not participate in the 2009-10 postseason because of self-imposed penalties. The school appeared before the NCAA's Committee on Infractions last month. A ruling is expected in the next four to six weeks.
Floyd replaces Tony Barbee.
Barbee left last week to take over at Auburn.
UTEP won C-USA this season with no seniors, but the team will not return intact. CBSSports.com reported Monday that Derrick Caracter decided even before Barbee left that he would enter the 2010 NBA Draft. DraftExpress.com reported later Monday that Caracter has signed with agent Happy Walters.
Posted on: January 3, 2010 3:34 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2010 3:35 pm
One of the best Pac-10 teams won't play in the Pac-10 tournament.
Or the NCAA tournament.
So yeah, Southern California absolutely hammered itself Sunday by announcing self-imposed sanctions that'll put a ceiling on what Kevin O'Neill's first team can accomplish. And if you're one of those -- like Tim Floyd, for instance -- who always thought USC would sacrifice the basketball program in an attempt to protect the football program, well, you now have your proof, which is why it's difficult to applaud athletic director Mike Garrett, who released a statement Sunday that included the following phrase: "When we've done something wrong, we have an obligation to do something about it, and that is exactly what we are doing here."
Then when will USC do something about Reggie Bush?
The investigation into Bush began in April 2006.
That's more than three years ago, and still nothing despite overwhelming evidence of improprieties. Meantime, Joe McKnight decided to start driving a Land Rover registered to a man who the L.A. Times reported registered a company called "USC Marketing," and is it any surprise that McKnight initially said he spoke to Bush before choosing USC over LSU out of high school? I can only imagine the details of that alleged conversation, but I'd bet my right arm that the words "extra" and "benefit" were included in some form.
Either way, the whole thing is a laughable mess.
And guess who pays the price?
The basketball program, that's who.
And, so far, it's only the basketball program, which is both shameful and transparent.
Posted on: November 4, 2009 4:14 pm
The funniest thing about the video of Tim Floyd breaking up a fight in a casino is that it's not the first time I've seen him break up a fight. Seriously, I don't know what it is about Floyd, but he has no problem stepping into the middle of things when things get rough.
You might remember (but you probably don't) that I filed a column two years ago from the Nike Peach Jam in which I sort of touched on some unusual things I witnessed at the event. One of those things was how three players from the New York Gauchos were trying to start a fight with a kid from the Georgia Stars. I was standing in the lobby talking with Floyd when it all went down, and, well, here's what I wrote:
On Thursday, some Gauchos got into a fight with each other at a local McDonald's (see what happens with you eliminate super sizing?), and three of them were sent home. On Friday, I'm told they behaved. But on Saturday I witnessed three other Gauchos about to jump a player from the Georgia Stars in the lobby of the Riverview Park Athletic Center. They were cursing and doing whatever it is tough/idiotic kids do, and the situation would have exploded had a high-major Division I coach not stepped in and demanded the three Gauchos walk away.
They started cursing the coach.
That high-major Division I coach who stepped in and got cursed was Tim Floyd.
I didn't name him at the time because the NCAA could've technically hit him with an illegal contact charge for talking to recruits, and I didn't think that was right because all he was doing, honestly, was preventing a kid from Georgia from getting his ass kicked; that's why I kept Floyd anonymous. But I don't mind naming him now because he's out of college basketball, and a little illegal contact seems like the least of his problems these days.
Plus, it's hilarious.
Nobody breaks up fights better than Tim Floyd.
I've seen it on the internet.
And I've seen it with my own eyes.
He's like that Dalton character from "Road House."
He really should be a bouncer at a bar somewhere.
Posted on: July 29, 2009 10:25 am
Edited on: July 29, 2009 10:31 am
Former USC coach Tim Floyd spoke publicly for the first time since his resignation last month, granting an interview to his home-state newspaper on Tuesday. Floyd declined to discuss the O.J. Mayo case that led to his demise. But among the interesting things he did share with the Clarion-Ledger's Kyle Veazey is how he refused to tell Renardo Sidney he could not enroll at USC. Instead, Floyd said he made athletic director Mike Garrett deliver the news because "that was his decision."
"I was very disappointed that we made the choice to not recruit him given that I felt like he was a good kid, a good person," Floyd said. "He deserved the opportunity to live his dream, which was to attend USC."
Floyd said he doesn't believe USC's decision to reject Sidney's enrollment was the result of an independent investigation as much as a reaction to a forthcoming story in the Los Angeles Times . Basically, Floyd said he believes USC was concerned with how enrolling Sidney might affect the school's ongoing case with the NCAA, and little more.
"Our school was reacting to an article that was going to be written in the L.A. Times ," Floyd said. "Given the fact that the institution was involved in an institutional control investigation, they viewed it as preventive management."
But, Floyd added: "They could not put their finger on anything."
The story in the L.A. Times was published shortly after USC informed Sidney he was no longer welcome on campus. It detailed how the Sidney family had been renting a home for between $4000 and $5,000 per month, the implication being that there's no way such was done with a legitimate source of income.
Sidney has since signed with Mississippi State.
Whether he will ever be cleared to play for the Bulldogs remains undetermined.
Posted on: June 9, 2009 9:08 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2009 9:09 pm
The following is the full text of Tim Floyd's Tuesday letter of resignation to USC:
“As of 1 p.m. today, I am resigning as head basketball coach at the University of Souithern California. I deeply appreciate the opportunity afforded me by the university, as well as the chance to know and work with some of the finest young men in college athletics. Unfortunately, I no longer feel I can offer the level of enthusiasm to my duties that is deserved by the university, my coaching staff, my players, their families, and the supporters of Southern Cal. I always promised my self and my family that if I ever felt I could no longer give my full enthusiasm to a job, that I should leave it to others who could. I intend to contact my coaching staff and my players in coming days and weeks to tell them how much each of them means to me. I wish the best to USC and to my successor.”
Posted on: April 2, 2009 6:02 pm
Edited on: April 2, 2009 9:23 pm
DETROIT -- Tim Floyd will remain at Southern California despite an offer from Arizona and heavy interest from Memphis, sources told CBSSports.com on Thursday.
However, multiple sources told CBSSports.com that Memphis was interested in pursuing Bruce Pearl up until the moment the Tennessee coach agreed to an extension with UT on Thursday night. That's a moot point now, obviously. So Memphis will keep looking for John Calipari's replacement with three ideal candidates -- Mike Anderson (Missouri), Floyd (USC) and Pearl (UT) -- already off the board.
Posted on: April 2, 2009 5:35 pm
Edited on: April 2, 2009 5:37 pm
DETROIT -- What has prevented Southern California's Tim Floyd from taking the Arizona job all day?