Can't U guys get along? USC, UTEP coaching staffs nearly come to blows
NOV 28, 2013 12:15a ET
Southern Cal and Texas-El Paso are in Jamaica for the Battle 4 Atlantis, and it seems somebody was taking the "Battle" part a little too literally. According to reports from the scene Wednesday night, Trojans head coach Andy Enfield and his staff and Miners head man Tim Floyd and his assistants nearly traded blows.
Ugly incident at reception for Battle 4 Atlantis. Andy Enfield & Tim Floyd got into heated argument. USC & UTEP assts had to be separated.— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) November 28, 2013
Enfield and Floyd have something of a feud going, the genesis of which was that Floyd apparently believes Enfield messed with a UTEP-signed recruit from Los Angeles who ended up de-committing -- and, by the way, going to UCLA, not USC. Enfield tossed a few logs on this fire by being quoted in a magazine piece saying of Floyd, a former USC coach: "Tim Floyd shows up every day at work and realizes he lives in El Paso, Texas. And he's pissed off that he didn't get the USC job [again]."
Enfield, in his first season at USC, sought out Floyd at the welcome reception for the teams and their staffs, wanting to apologize for his remarks.
"I was trying to tell him that I was sorry that we had words and that we should try to put this behind us," Enfield told Sports Illustrated's Seth Davis. "I thought it would be a 20-second conversation."
It went on much longer than that, Davis reported, and Enfield's wife, Amanda, come over to join him as Floyd continued to berate Enfield. An observer told Scout.com that the UTEP coach was cursing at Enfield and jabbing him in the chest with his fingers. Eventually, though, the two head coaches walked away and their assistants got into it.
USC asst Tony Bland had to be restrained from going after UTEP asst Bob Cantu. USC asst Jason Hart also in the mix.— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) November 28, 2013
Enfield's wife Amanda was standing next to him as Floyd was jabbing his finger towards Enfield's chest. Big crowd watched it happen.— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) November 28, 2013
The two teams aren't scheduled to meet in the tournament, but there is the possibility of a USC-UTEP game on Saturday in the consolation bracket. If that happens, maybe someone can bring in an octagon and place it at center court.