UTEP coach Tim Floyd addressed his Wednesday night argument with USC coach Andy Enfield at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament on Thursday, after the Miners beat Tennessee 78-80.
Below is Floyd’s answer to a question about the altercation:
“I felt like there was some tampering going on with our McDonald’s All-American, as former. Sure enough three months later he has USC on his Facebook page, backed out of his Letter of Intent. I called and we discussed it in a very serious vein. I said not to turn him in and they wouldn’t take him. But we didn’t end up with him, and that was a lick. And in addition to that I damn sure didn’t appreciate the comments he made last week publicly about the city of El Paso, Texas, where my grandparents were born and raised, where my father was born and raised and played at Texas Western, where I’ve lived 22 years in my life. It’s a fabulous city. My reaction yesterday was more about the city of El Paso than the previous part. I’ll just leave it at that. Beyond that I’m not going to have any more comments down the road. But we’re not going to sit back and just take it in shorts. We’re not going to do it. We’re not going to do it. We’ve done it enough. His comments in that damn magazine were totally inappropriate. Totally inappropriate. So that’s all I’ve got to say, alright? And as far as him saying he was just trying to apologize yesterday? It would have been really nice if he apologized about three weeks ago, when that magazine article came out. Call me and try to do it then. His timing wasn’t very good. It was too late.”