UTEP's Floyd Talks About Following a Legend in Don Haskins

UTEP's Floyd Talks About Following a Legend in Don Haskins

POSTED: Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 8:46pm

UPDATED: Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 10:36pm

Defending Conference USA regular season champion UTEP will join 344 Division I men's basketball teams across the country in conducting its first official practice of the 2010-11 season on Saturday at the Foster Stevens Center.

UTEP practices are closed to the general public.

Per NCAA rules, UTEP coach Tim Floyd was allowed to work with his team for only two hours per week over the last month. Before that, he was permitted to conduct individual workouts with four players at a time for two hours weekly from Aug. 23-Sept. 15.

But starting on Friday, the Miners will go full bore in preparations for their first season under the direction of Floyd, who has taken 11 teams to postseason play in 16 years as a collegiate head coach.

UTEP returns three starters and eight lettermen from last year's squad that finished 26-7 overall and steamrolled through C-USA with a 15-1 mark. The Miners entered both national polls for the first time in 18 years and made their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2005, losing to eventual national runner-up Butler in the first round.

UTEP has eight seniors who have combined to play in 610 Division I games - Randy Culpepper (103 games), Julyan Stone (103 games), Christian Polk (84 games), Wayne Portalatin (83 games), Claude Britten (82 games), Isaac Gordon (74 games), Jeremy Williams (60 games) and Eric Munoz (21 games). The eight seniors ties the 2005-06 team for the largest sum in school history.

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