USC men’s basketball coach Andy Enfield and UTEP men’s basketball coach Tim Floyd got into a heated argument during a reception for the Battle 4 Atlantis basketball tournament in the Bahamas on Thanksgiving Eve.
“Enfield’s wife Amanda was standing next to him as Floyd was jabbing his finger towards Enfield’s chest. Big crowd watched it happen,” tweeted CBS Sports’ Seth Davis.
Meantime USC assistant coach Tony Bland had to be restrained as he tried to go after UTEP assistant Bob Cantu.
The melee broke out one week after Enfield was quoted in Men’s Journal making derogatory remarks about Floyd.
“Tim Floyd shows up every day at work and realizes he lives in El Paso, Texas,” Enfield said. “And he’s pissed off that he didn’t get the USC job two months ago.”
Those turned out to be fighting words, but the battle has been brewing for months.
Last summer, five-star guard Isaac Hamilton signed with UTEP but asked to be released. UTEP suspected that Enfield and USC tampered with Hamilton who ended up going to UCLA, according to Davis’ sources.
Floyd was head coach of the USC men’s basketball team from 2005 to 2009.
Cantu served as interim head coach at USC last year before Enfield was hired.