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Tuesday, June 1, 2010
UTEP: Tim Floyd allegations 'unlikely' true

By Diamond Leung

A source is telling Dana O'Neil that the NCAA infractions committee will be releasing its report on USC on Friday, and while a large amount of the attention has been focused on football, USC basketball might be hit with further sanctions regarding O.J. Mayo and former coach Tim Floyd, even after slapping itself with those of the self-imposed variety.

UTEP, of course, will be interested to hear the findings regarding its new head coach considering there is a possibility Floyd could face individual penalties.

Floyd, who has denied the allegations against him, has also said he was "proud" of the job USC did in researching Mayo. His boss, meanwhile, told The Associated Press Monday that the school felt the allegations against Floyd -- including making a direct $1,000 payment to a Mayo handler -- were "unlikely" to be true.
UTEP athletic director Bob Stull said there is always a risk in picking a new coach, but the school did its "due diligence" in hiring Floyd before the NCAA probe was completed.

"Tim had never had a previous NCAA violation and from further investigation we, along with five other universities who were trying to hire him, felt like it was unlikely for [the] allegations to be valid," Stull said.