Pulling a Floyd: 1) Turning down a beautiful, unexpected gift for no apparent reason; 2) Committing an error in judgment of epic proportions; 3) Failing to appeal to sanity when faced with an otherwise easy decision. Example: Refusing to accept the men’s basketball head coaching job at the University of Arizona.
Call it “Pulling a Floyd.”
Tim Floyd’s decision to spurn the University of Arizona men’s basketball program for his current employer, USC, is absolutely mind-boggling.
It’s like being offered the keys to a brand new Ferrari, when you’re current car is a Hyundai (no offense to Hyundai owners, they make a very practical automobile), and having the lack of sense to simply refuse this beautiful, wonderful, amazing gift that has fallen into your lap.
And now Floyd is stuck driving his cute little compact car around Los Angeles, where he’ll have plenty of time to ponder his bad choice when Taj Gibson, Daniel Hackett, and DeMar DeRozan leave him for the NBA.
It doesn’t make any sense. USC is a nice program, no doubt about that, but the Trojans simply cannot compete basketball-wise with cross-town rival UCLA.
Arizona, on the other hand, is arguably the biggest sell in the Pac-10. They’re the top dog in their own state (don’t let Arizona State’s recent successes fool you, the U of A boasts a powerful program that continues to breed winning ballclubs), and they can sell the prospect of an NBA future on prepsters looking for a college. They don’t call Arizona “Point Guard U” for nothing.
There are two possible explanations for Floyd’s befuddling behavior: 1) He tapped into a conscience that most college basketball coaches do not possess and decided to remain loyal to his current school or, 2) He knew he couldn’t get away with running a shady operation in Tucson. I’m going with Option 2.
The fact of the matter is USC operates by a different set of rules than most of the other Pac-10 schools. First off, they’re a private institution, so they have the financial wherewithal to put together a hush fund when allegations come their way. Second, they don’t exactly have a perfect track record when it comes to coloring inside the lines (see Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart, O.J. Mayo). And third, for all the bullets that have come flying their way, the Trojans have been fairly adept at avoiding getting hit, meaning they maybe, just maybe have the higher-ups in their back pocket.
So it’s entirely possible that Floyd knew if he was going to do things his way, on his own terms, he would have do it at USC. Arizona be damned.
Still, it’s tough to reason turning down a promotion of this magnitude.
Eventually the Ferrari that is Arizona will find their driver. I just hope Floyd’s Hyundai has airbags.