How 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.