Everything about the OJ Mayo-Tim Floyd saga comes across as dirty.
Here’s Mayo, sometime in 2006, contacting Floyd unexpectedly, telling the USC basketball coach he wants to play for the Trojans. The risk: Mayo is likely gone after one year (which happened to be the case). The reward: Mayo has the potential to give Floyd a run at the national title in that sole season (USC made the NCAA Tournament, but couldn’t escape the opening round).
Now here’s OJ Mayo at a preseason practice in 2007, breaking the jaw of starting point guard Daniel Hackett with a well-located punch to the chops.
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.