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Tim Floyd tees off on Andy Enfield: ‘We’re not going to take it in the shorts’

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The feud between USC head coach Andy Enfield and UTEP head coach Tim Floyd just keeps getting better.

Here’s a quick recap: Floyd was a candidate for the USC job — a job that he left four years ago in the wake of O.J. Mayo’s “career” — but Enfield got the job over him. A few months later, Floyd’s McDonald’s all-american signee Isaac Hamilton reneged on his commitment to the Miners, instead remaining in LA. Floyd was not-so-secret about the fact that he believed that it was Enfield and the USC staff that tampered with Hamilton.

That’s plenty of bad blood, but a reporter for Men’s Journal threw a match on the fire when he published quotes of Enfield taking shots at Floyd and El Paso. “Tim Floyd shows up every day at work and realizes he lives in El Paso, Texas,” Enfield told a room full of boosters. “And he’s pissed off that he didn’t get the USC job two months ago. I told him, ‘Tim, if I could have all this power to somehow convince a family to do this, why the heck didn’t the kid come last spring, when I first got the job?’”

Enfield tried to apologize on Wednesday night at a reception for the Battle 4 Atlantis, and the two coaching staffs got into it.

Well, Floyd finally got in front of a microphone, and he didn’t hold back. His comments, in full:

“I felt like there was some tampering going on with our McDonald’s All-American, Isaac Hamilton. Sure enough three months later he has USC on his Facebook page and backed out of his Letter of Intent. I called and we discussed it in a very serious vein. I said not to turn him in and they wouldn’t take him.

But we didn’t end up with him, and that was a lick.

And in addition to that I damn sure didn’t appreciate the comments he made last week publicly about the city of El Paso, Texas, where my grandparents were born and raised, where my father was born and raised and played at Texas Western, where I’ve lived 22 years in my life. It’s a fabulous city. My reaction yesterday was more about the city of El Paso than the previous part. I’ll just leave it at that.

Beyond that I’m not going to have any more comments down the road. But we’re not going to sit back and just take it in shorts. We’re not going to do it. We’re not going to do it. We’ve done it enough. His comments in that damn magazine were totally inappropriate. Totally inappropriate. So that’s all I’ve got to say, alright?

And as far as him saying he was just trying to apologize yesterday? It would have been really nice if he apologized about three weeks ago, when that magazine article came out. Call me and try to do it then. His timing wasn’t very good. It was too late.”

That’s awesome.

But unfortunately, Enfield’s USC team lost on Thursday. UTEP beat Tennessee. That means that any hope of getting those two onto a court together were dashed.

That could have been fun.

Gonzaga’s NCAA tournament chances take a major blow in loss to No. 16 SMU

SMU guard Nic Moore (11) shoots over Gonzaga forward Kyle Wiltjer (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)
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Nic Moore scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half and added 11 assists as No. 16 SMU knocked off Gonzaga in Moody Coliseum on Saturday night, 69-60.

The Zags got 20 points and 16 boards from Domantas Sabonis, but Kyle Wiltjer scored just four points and shot 2-for-17 from the floor.

It wasn’t pretty.

And it may have been the end of Gonzaga’s NCAA tournament hopes.

Entering Saturday, the Zags had an RPI in the mid-60s, enough to keep them in the bubble conversation but not enough to make them anything more than a team that will be projected to end up on the cut-line.

The issue is a complete lack of quality wins on their résumé. Gonzaga beat UConn in the Bahamas. That’s a borderline top 50 win. They beat Washington, another borderline top 50 win. Beyond that? They swept Pepperdine, beat Tennessee and own a win over Montana. None of those are top 100 wins, and that’s why the SMU game was such a big deal. The Mustangs are a top 25 team. This was a road game. This win was the kind of thing that the Zags could pin at the top of their profile.

But Wiltjer didn’t show up, the Zags had no answer for Moore and they’ll head back to Spokane needing, in all likelihood, to win the WCC’s automatic bid if they want to dance.

POSTERIZED: Cal’s Jaylen Brown has his dunk contest entry

California's Jaylen Brown lays up a shot against Oregon State in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Cal picked up a big win over Oregon State in Haas Pavilion on Saturday night, and the exclamation point was this emphatic dunk from Jaylen Brown: