Former USC hoops coach Tim Floyd retires

Tim Floyd, who coached the Trojans from 2005 to 2009, and has coached UTEP since 2010, abruptly retired tonight following a loss by the Miners to Lamar. The loss dropped UTEP to 1-5.

The 63-year old Floyd simply said it was time to step aside and after long, winding career that also included stints with the NBA’s Chicago Bulls and Charlotte Hornets.

According to the ElPaso Times:

“I’ve coached for 42 years and I love this school,” Floyd said. “My father played here. Nobody wants to win here more than I do. I’ve coached at this university for 16 years and I think it’s time for somebody else to have the opportunity to have the joy that I’ve had, the agony that I’ve had, the acclaim that I’ve had and the heartbreak that I’ve had in my career.”

Floyd guided the Trojans to three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances for the first time in school history and the 2006-2007 team finished 25-12 (13-8) for the most wins in school history along with a third-place finish in the Pac-12.

After rumors swirled around the program about recruiting improprieties and frustration over the early departures of several key players like DeMar DeRozan and Taj Gibson, Floyd resigned June 9, 2009. Not long after, he was offered the vacant job at Arizona but turned it down.

Floyd’s retirement announcement elicited some pretty hilarious stories about his time at USC from reporters who covered him.,

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