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UTEP’s Tim Floyd retires

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

UTEP Miners men’s basketball coach Tim Floyd has retired following Monday’s loss to the Lamar Cardinals. The Miners begin the season with a 1-5 record.

At this time, no replacement has been named for him.

Tim Floyd (Getty Images)

Tim Floyd (Getty Images)

“This is the right time, I know this is the right time,” he said after the loss to Lamar. “I’ve coached for 42 years and I love this school, nobody wants to win here more than I do. I think it’s time for someone else to have the opportunity to have the joy that I’ve had, the agony, the acclaim and the heartbreak that I’ve had.”

Floyd is 63-years-old, who has been the Miners head coach since the 2010-11 season. Prior to becoming the Miners head coach, he served as the USC Trojans head coach from 20005 to 2009.

While coaching the Trojans, he resigned during an investigation involving former player O.J. Mayo. Mayo reportedly received improper benefits, which was the allegations of the investigation. Yet, Floyd has denied any wrongdoing.

He was the New Orleans Hornets head coach for a season in 2003-04 before joining the Trojans. He also coached the Chicago Bulls from 1998 to 2001.

Before taking the Bulls head coaching job, he was the Iowa State Cyclones head coach from 1994 to 1998. He was also the New Orleans Privateers head coach from 1998 to 1994.

He began his head coaching tenure with the Idaho Vandals in 1986 through 1988 for two seasons. He was a Miners assistant coach before taking the Vandals job from 1977 to 1986.

He spent one season as the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs assistant coach in 1976-77.

He was 444-248 as a college basketball head coach. He was 135-81 with the Miners.

Floyd was 90-231 as an NBA head coach.

This season, before his sudden retirement, was going to be tough to get better than 15 wins from the looks of it. He had 15 wins, his fewest at the school, twice.

Last season, they went 15-17 overall. His best season came during the 2013-14 season when he went 23-11.

“I want what’s best for this school, I want what’s best as they move forward,” Floyd said. “This seems like a great time with a new athletic director for him to evaluate Phil Johnson, Bobby Braswell, this program and where it is and try to make a decision on what he thinks is best for this program as it moves forward.”

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