Here We Go Again!
It is that time of year again, Miners fans. Currently, two high profile universities have openings for a head men’s basketball coach. Tim Floyd’s name will surface for every major job opening in college and pro basketball and El Pasoans will have to hold their breath until all of the coaching vacancies have been filled. Since 2004, Billy Gillispie, Doc Sadler, and Tony Barbee have parlayed the UTEP head coaching job into a million dollar promotion at a major college.
So far, Arkansas and Oklahoma are the two biggest head coaching jobs available in college basketball. Both are looking for a big name to take over the program, and Floyd will almost certainly be a target. Even when UTEP is paying Floyd half a million dollars (more than five times the annual salary of Don Haskins), the SEC and Big 12 can offer as much as $2.5-$3 million annually for their men’s basketball head coach. There is much more pressure to win at these schools, but Floyd has never had a problem turning around a college basketball program.
The key to his future in El Paso might be his top assistant. As long as Phil Johnson is happy and stays with his longtime friend, then Floyd is a good bet to stick around at UTEP. If Johnson accepts another coaching job, then all bets are off. So, get ready for another crazy next few weeks, and here’s hoping that Floyd sticks around in El Paso, the same way Mike Price committed to the university that gave him a second chance when no other school wanted to take a risk.