Keeping Score

Tirade gets UTEP's Floyd suspended for Saturday's game at Southern Miss

UTEP men’s basketball coach Tim Floyd has been suspended for Saturday’s 7 p.m. game at Southern Miss after his ejection from Thursday’s 77-60 defeat at Louisiana Tech, Conference USA announced Friday.

A release by C-USA said that Floyd violated the league’s sportsmanship policy after he failed to leave the court following his ejection. 

He received two quick technical fouls during an on-court tirade Thursday in Ruston, La. He shoved his own player, Earvin Morris, who was trying to hold the coach back from going after officials, according to the Monroe (La.) News-Star.

Assistant Phil Johnson will coach the Miners on Saturday.

Floyd is a Hattiesburg native who started his college career as a player at Southern Miss. His dad, Lee Floyd, was the head basketball coach at USM from 1949-54 and 1962-71.

Floyd has struggled against Southern Miss since he was hired as head coach at UTEP in 2010. He is just 1-5 against the Golden Eagles and has yet to to win a game in Hattiesburg during that stretch.

UTEP is 19-8 and 11-4 in C-USA. Southern Miss is 8-19 and 3-13.