Tim Floyd sure knows how to make an exit. Very quietly, and out the backdoor to boot.
By now you know the story. Floyd resigned his position as head basketball coach at USC on Tuesday, stepping down amid an investigation by the NCAA into whether (or how much) money changed hands in the recruitment of former star O.J. Mayo.
Up to this point, neither USC nor Floyd had commented on the investigation. They still haven’t. Floyd doesn’t need to.
When a coach resigns after very serious allegations have been thrown his way, it really doesn’t leave much room for debate, does it? It might as well be a guilty plea, regardless of what he did or didn’t do.
Sure, Floyd could have just been burned out on the job. But is that possible for a basketball lifer? It’s more likely the athletic department realized what kind of shit Floyd had gotten the program into and gave him a chance to slide out of town.
Or Floyd simply realized he couldn’t save the situation and did it unbeknownst to USC. Either way, Floyd is getting out just when the heat was getting turned up. He’s distancing himself from the school – possibly to his credit – before this gets out of control. He’s clearly a shady character who – at best – was willing to live on the margins of the rulebook in order to compete. That’s simply not acceptable at a big time university like USC.
As it was with Kelvin Sampson and Indiana, the fans will only support you so far. Tons of USC fans were jumping off the Floyd bandwagon when he flirted with the Arizona job this past spring. They were ready for something new and for the cloud of suspicion over the program to be lifted.
Whether you believe Floyd was really dumb enough to personally hand someone an envelope stuffed with cash, in public during the middle of the day, or not doesn’t matter. He allowed himself to get involved with the kind of people who have allegations of that sort surrounding them, and that’s just as bad.
As my grandfather always told me: When you swim in a sewer, you’re gonna get covered in shit*.
I’ll just say that Tim Floyd got himself awful dirty.
*Pawpaw never actually told me that