El Paso, TX (KTSM) — UTEP Head Coach Tim Floyd finally responded to the media following a heated verbal confrontation with USC Head Coach Andy Enfield Wednesday at a pretournament banquet for the Battle 4 Atlantis. Prior to the Miners opening round game against Tennessee, Floyd spoke with NBC Sports Network and addressed what caused the spat between the two coaching staffs.
Hear his response here:
Enfield was quoted in Men's Journal  responding to boosters who asked about a confrontation with Floyd this summer over former Miner signee Isaac Hamilton. The UTEP coach accused Enfield of tampering with the five-star guard and threatened NCAA infractions involvement. The Trojans coach had a pointed and direct response:
"Tim Floyd shows up every day at work and realizes he lives in El Paso, Texas," said Enfield. "And he's pissed off that he didn't get the USC job two months ago. I told him, 'Tim, if I could have all this power to somehow convince a family to do this, why the heck didn't the kid come last spring, when I first got the job?'"
After the article went viral, Enfield says he attempted to explain and apologize to Floyd at the banquet however moments later the two coaching staffs had to be separated and removed from the banquet.
UTEP and USC are both participating in the Battle 4 Atlantis but are not scheduled to face each other. However, the two could potentially meet, most likely in a consolation game.