UTEP coach comments on the transfer request by top recruit, Isaac Hamilton
El Paso, TX — Isaac Hamilton was all smiles committing to UTEP eight months ago, but Monday, UTEP Head Coach Tim Floyd told Newschannel 9 Isaac Hamilton first asked out of his letter of intent in April, then asked again last month and then finally told Floyd he was leaving last week.
Hamilton was the center piece of UTEP's class. A 6-5 shooting guard from Los Angeles, California, and a McDonald's All American. It sounds like Hamilton is going to appeal to the NCAA for his release and Floyd will argue against it.
"No, none at all, we will not release him from his letter of intent. It's late July and we've made our schedule with this young man in mind. We spent thousands of dollars recruiting him, we've got people who've bought season tickets with this young man in mind, we've turned down recruits because of this guy. It's nearly August and there's a reason why these National Letter of Intent contracts are in place for this very reason. He signed the National Letter of Intent and because of that, we feel like he's bound to our University, feel like the timing of us finding out about this is really poor. Again, I am not real pleased with the way this all occurred," said Floyd.
Floyd also told us he believes USC coaches broke NCAA rules by tampering with Hamilton, speaking with him about his commitment to UTEP, after he had signed with the Miners. Floyd has asked the NCAA to investigate.