Former Trojan coach still bitter

Updated: March 31, 2010, 7:15 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Tim Floyd is a head coach, again.

UTEP hired the former USC coach on Tuesday. On Wednesday, in an interview with SIRIUS XM, Floyd wanted to clear the air about his time spent in Los Angeles.

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Floyd continued his criticism of former boss and USC athletic director Mike Garrett. He also said he was "proud" of the job that USC did in researching O.J. Mayo before he starred for the Trojans and the school discovered that NCAA rules had been broken.

"Would I do it again? Yes, absolutely," said Floyd, who has been accused of making a direct cash payment to a Mayo associate. "Because O.J. is a very good person. He's a very good player. And there is an underground economy in our sport. And I'm not saying anything about the case. Nothing about the case. But if anybody thinks that O.J. Mayo, with his talents, was bought for $1,000, you're out of your damn mind. It's just absolutely preposterous. And my name being associated with the recruitment of O.J. Mayo...It makes no sense."

Mayo left USC after one season and was taken in the first round of the NBA draft by Minnesota -- with the third overall pick -- then later traded to Memphis.

"I do feel like it was the most difficult thing I've ever had to go through," Floyd went on. "But I made a decision to leave USC because I was branded by my athletic director, and I was just uncomfortable. I was uncomfortable, and if you've ever had a boss you didn't want to work for, if you want to stay there and work for him, that's your choice. At this point in my life, I did not have to."

In another interview with ESPN1000 in Chicago, Floyd was just as frank.

"When the investigation turned to 'institutional control,' I felt like the 'institutional control' portion was directed at [the basketball program]. I didn't like the tone or the approach [of the investigation]," Floyd said.

On June 10, 2009, Floyd resigned at USC. And the Trojans did not participate in any postseason tournaments because of self-imposed sanctions.

Almost 10 months later, it's certainly a different mindset for the new Miners coach.

Floyd said: "[Tuesday] was fun, it was a lot of fun. Life is great."

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