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USC basketball: Former Trojans, current Texas-El Paso Coach Tim Floyd escorted off court by police in loss

February 24, 2011 |  9:59 am

Former USC and current Texas-El Paso men's basketball head coach Tim Floyd was escorted off the court by police Wednesday night after he engaged in a heated discussion with the referee that ejected him. 

Floyd was issued his second technical foul early in the second half of the Miners' eventual 83-76 loss to East Carolina, the team's third loss in four games. (The Miners are 20-8 overall, 8-5 in Conference USA play.)

"I think it was a coaching-box violation," Floyd said, according to the El Paso Times. "I had my big toe out of the box, received a warning, turned my back and walked to the bench and got a technical. I'd never seen him [the official who issued all the technicals] before and I don't know who he is. I've always earned my technicals and I didn't feel like I earned it." 

After Floyd was ejected, he ran straight to the official and began screaming. A police officer quickly intervened and escorted Floyd off the court. 

One of Floyd's assistant coaches, Phil Johnson, who also coached alongside Floyd at USC, took over but he too was soon ejected after being issued two technical fouls. 

Floyd resigned from USC in 2009 amid a cloud of allegations of scandal after four years of coaching the Trojans. Those allegations later resulted in heavy sanctions for the program

Below is the video; the police officer intervenes at about the 1-minute, 43-second mark:


-- Baxter Holmes