UPDATE: Miner Rush landed an interview with Strong, and he threw even more gas on the fire. Among the claims he made: Floyd threatened to revoke the scholarships of Arnette Moultrie and Derrick Caracter if they declared for the draft; that Floyd insulted Caracter and Moultrie in front of the team to the point that it was uncomfortable; and that the majority of the UTEP team failed drug tests.
I'm not exactly sure what Strong is trying to do here, but I can guarantee that he is going to get quite a bit of attention for it.
On Thursday, rising senior Myron Strong was kicked off the UTEP basketball team by Tim Floyd. Dan Wolken spoke with Floyd, who said it was the result of a drug policy violation.
Why did Wolken, a beat writer for the Memphis Commercial-Appeal, want to talk to Floyd about a reserve getting kicked off the UTEP basketball team? Because Strong went on facebook to respond to his dismissal:
"Yeah I'm not at utep anymore I know a lot of ppl wondering y, but the big question really should be how did tim floyd even get the job there? Wasn't he just under investigation at USC? Well I'm hearing that he had a fake charity event to pay former player OJ Mayo $100,000 to play for him. How did the ncaa let that slide? I'm just saying...."KVIA in El Paso emailed Strong about his accusations, and Strong responded with the following:
"Basically when barbee was there I had a dorm incident and couldn't live in the dorms this school year which was fine because I wasn't planning on staying in the dorms anyways. So when tim floyd came to utep he tested our team and some ppl failed but for some reason he made it seem like it was all my fault and that I was a bad person. He stereotyped me from day 1. Then a few weeks bck I was in the dorm(just there before class) and the police arrested a gurl in the dorm with weed that I knew. My name came up and she told them I had nothing to do with it which was true. Tim floyd had said even if my name came up in anything that I was out of there so I made sure that they knew I had nun to do wit it. But still he told me I violated by even being in the dorms and I didn't know I couldn't even be in the dorms. Tim floyd had already said that he had a guard he wanted to bring in so that had to be his reason to let me go. Really I don't see how he even got the job when he broke ncaa rules at usc just two years back. He raised a fake charity event to pay a player to come to usc is what I'm hearing from my sources abd I'm sure its true."Now, I don't need to tell you that those are some pretty hefty accusations, especially when they are being thrown at Floyd, who escaped punishment when the NCAA came down on USC.
A disgruntled and angry ex-player is hardly the most reliable source. But with the NCAA's new found desire to crack down on the corruption in youth basketball, does anyone think the NCAA is going to leave this alone?