Floyd headed to UTEP
El Paso, TX (Sports Network) - Tim Floyd has been named the new men's basketball coach at UTEP.
Floyd, a former UTEP assistant under Don Haskins, had been an assistant with the NBA's New Orleans Hornets after spending the previous four seasons as head coach at Southern California. He abruptly resigned at USC last June amid allegations of recruiting violations of O.J. Mayo.
"I was not misquoted when (I) said I did not want to replace Coach Haskins," Floyd said. "I think there's been enough time that has passed (since Haskins was head coach), and I'm at a different point in my life. I wish he was still around, but it feels absolutely perfect right now."
An internal investigation by USC led to self-imposed sanctions of a postseason ban for the 2009-10 campaign. Mayo played for the Trojans during the 2007-08 season before leaving for the NBA.
Floyd posted a record of 85-50 with the Trojans, guiding the school to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances. USC reached the Sweet 16 of the 2007 tournament.
As an assistant at UTEP from 1978-86, Floyd helped the Miners to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances from 1984-86. He then went on to his first head coaching job with Idaho.
After two seasons with Idaho, Floyd spent six years at New Orleans and four seasons at Iowa State. He has a collegiate coaching record of 328-180 with eight NCAA Tournament appearances.
"We are very pleased that Tim is coming back to UTEP," said athletic director Bob Stull. "Not only has he been a successful college coach, taking three different teams to the NCAA Tournament, but he has been a head coach in the NBA as well. He is an outstanding coach and recruiter, and is well-connected in the El Paso community from his days as an assistant to the legendary coach Don Haskins."
Before rejoining the college ranks with USC, Floyd tried his hand in the NBA with Chicago and New Orleans. He was the coach of the Bulls after Michael Jordan left and was fired 25 games into his fourth season, then led the Hornets to the playoffs in his lone season with New Orleans.
The Miners needed to fill the vacancy created when Tony Barbee left for Auburn last week.
Floyd also announced during his introductory press conference that he will add current Utah Jazz assistant Phil Johnson to his staff. Johnson has been named the NBA's top assistant coach three times.
03/30 18:34:27 ET