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Video: UTEP coach Tim Floyd gets ejected, taunted by Pirates, and eventually escorted out by police

February 24, 2011

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UTEP coach Tim Floyd ejected, taunted, and police escorted out of Minges ColiseumHow anyone could get this excited about something even remotely related to ECU Pirate basketball is beyond me, but don’t tell UTEP coach Tim Floyd I said that. Seriously, I don’t handle conflict well.

To be fair, Floyd and his Miners had a rough go of it last night in Greenville. UTEP tallied five technical fouls, and Jeff Lebo’s Pirates sank 35 of — a ridiculously high — 45 free throws attempts to seal a 83-76 victory before a capacity crowd of 4,329 at ECU’s Minges Coliseum.

Perhaps the prospect of actually losing to ECU excuses Floyd’s actions here, but I refuse to give a pass to his assistant — also tossed, and just moments after Floyd.

When asked about why he was ejected, Coach Floyd had this to say:

I think it was a coaching box violation,” said Floyd, who had not received a technical foul this season. “I had my big toe out of the box, received a warning, turned my back and walked to the bench and got a technical. I’d never seen him (the official who issued all the technicals) before and I don’t know who he is. I’ve always earned my technicals and I didn’t feel like I earned it.”

God forbid college basketball fans witness Tim Floyd earn a technical this season — an incident that could mark the first use of S.W.A.T team personnel at an NCAA sanctioned event.

Fingers crossed…

H/T to The Big Lead, The El Paso Times, and, of course, The Gingerhead Man

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