Andy Enfield, Tim Floyd clash
Members of two Division I coaching staffs reportedly clashed during a reception for the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament at Paradise Island in the Bahamas on Wednesday.
According to multiple tweets by Sports Illustrated and CBS reporter Seth Davis, who is in the Bahamas, Southern California's Andy Enfield, UTEP's Tim Floyd and staffers for both teams were involved in an altercation during the event.
"Ugly incident at reception for Battle 4 Atlantis. Andy Enfield & Tim Floyd got into heated argument. USC & UTEP assts had to be separated," Davis tweeted.
He also said USC assistants Tony Bland and Jason Hart and UTEP assistant Bob Cantu were involved.
"Enfield's wife Amanda was standing next to him as Floyd was jabbing his finger towards Enfield's chest. Big crowd watched it happen," Davis tweeted.
Floyd would not confirm or deny the events that reportedly occurred at the reception when he was contacted by ESPN.com.
"I don't have anything say," Floyd told ESPN.com. "I don't know why you're calling. I don't have anything to say. I have nothing to say."
Following USC's loss to Villanova on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis, Enfield apologized for exchanging heated words with UTEP's staff.
"I regret that the situation happened and I apologize to the USC fans, but this is about the players," Enfield said. "We're moving on.''
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott is in contact with USC to get an understanding of what occurred between Enfield and Floyd, who coached USC from 2005-09, a conference official told ESPN on Thursday.
The official said it was primarily a school issue, and did not say if Scott would take action upon learning of the full scope of events.
Cantu appeared to address the matter on Twitter later Wednesday night, writing: "Everyone involved is just over reacting. Just coach your team and act like you have been there." The tweet was later deleted.
The dispute between Enfield and Floyd didn't begin Wednesday.
In July, UTEP recruit Isaac Hamilton (No. 32 in the 2013 recruiting class, according to ESPN's RecruitingNation) sought a release from his letter of intent. Floyd initially denied the release, and accused Enfield and USC of tampering. The former McDonald's All-American eventually was granted a release and enrolled at UCLA, where he will sit during the 2013-14 season after his waiver request was denied by the NCAA.
The feud escalated when Enfield criticized Floyd in a Men's Journal article that was released last week.
"Tim Floyd shows up every day at work and realizes he lives in El Paso, Texas," Enfield told the publication. "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?'"
ESPN's Andy Katz contributed to this report.
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