Brian Wickstrom on UTEP’s Tim Floyd: “BCS Teams Won’t Play Him”
On Thursday afternoon, former UTEP Senior Associate Athletic Director Brian Wickstrom appeared in studio as a guest on Sportstalk. Wickstrom had just been named Athletic Director at the University of California-Riverside. During the interview, Wickstrom was very candid when discussing the UTEP Men’s basketball program. When asked about the scheduling philosophies between former UTEP coach Tony Barbee and current Miners head coach Tim Floyd, Wickstrom said the difference between both coaches is night and day.
On Tony Barbee: “Anybody would play Tony Barbee, anywhere, anyday, but Barbee wouldn’t play the tough teams.”
On Tim Floyd: “Floyd has been trying to schedule any BCS school that would play him anywhere, and they won’t play him. Sometimes he wants a return game to bring a good team (to the Don Haskins Center) for the home crowd, but they just won’t come.”
It was refreshing to hear Wickstrom’s candidness about his relationship these past five years with the men’s basketball program. The former number 2 man in the UTEP Athletic Department added that Arizona State, Baylor, Texas Tech, and New Mexico have all turned down opportunities to play Floyd’s UTEP team. The Lobos and Miners had agreed to a four-year home and home series, but a verbal altercation with coaches from both schools prior to their NIT contest led to UNM cancelling the series. You can listen to the the interview with Wickstrom below.