UTEP head coach Tim Floyd was not on the bench tonight as he was serving a one-game suspension after receiving two technical fouls and getting ejected by the officials Thursday night in Rustin, Louisiana. Tonight, his team blew a 24-point second half lead and lost 63-60 to Southern Miss. To make matters worse, the Golden Eagles are coached by former Miners head coach Doc Sadler, and they had won only two conference games all season before coming back to beat UTEP tonight. The loss was a killer for the Miners, who are now in a three-way tie for third place in Conference USA.

In recent years, Coach Floyd has had a few memorable incidents with college basketball referees. Four years ago, UTEP's head coach was tossed from a game against East Carolina, and his temper tantrum made national headlines.

Two years earlier, he was the head coach of USC and he went crazy protesting a controversial call late in a game against Arizona State in Tempe.

As bad as some of these past incidents look, Floyd has actually been the peacemaker and helped break up a fight six years ago. It happened at the Morongo Casino outside Palm Desert, California, where he stopped a food-court fight between women.



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