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Floyd moving on from altercation with Enfield

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Texas El Paso coach Tim Floyd said Thursday he is moving on from an altercation he had the day before with Southern California coach Andy Enfield at a pretournament reception at the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas.

Floyd, Enfield and staffers for both teams were involved in the altercation.

Enfield said he tried to make amends over a dispute they had over recruit Isaac Hamilton, a Los Angeles player who had signed a letter of intent with Texas El Paso in 2012 but ended up at UCLA.

But it does not seem like Floyd is willing to accept an apology from Enfield.

"I don't see any reason why we'd talk (in the future)," Floyd said. "It's over with, that's for sure."

The feud began in April, when Floyd called Enfield because he believed Southern Cal was tampering with Hamilton, a Texas El Paso recruit.

"I lobbed a call into Coach Enfield back in April and felt like there was tampering going on with (Hamilton), and sure enough, three months later he put USC on his Facebook page and backed out of his letter of intent," Floyd said. "I called and we discussed that in a very serious vein. (Enfield) asked me not to turn him in, and (he said) that they just wouldn't take (Hamilton). But we didn't end up with him, and that was a lick."

Floyd initially denied Hamilton's request to be released from his letter of intent in July but he eventually granted it, and Hamilton enrolled at UCLA.

The feud worsened when Enfield made critical comments about Floyd in the December issue of Men's Journal.

"Tim Floyd shows up every day at work and realizes he lives in El Paso, Texas," Enfield said in the article. "And he's pissed off that he didn't get the USC job two months ago. I told him, 'Tim, if I could have all this power to somehow convince a family to do this, why the heck didn't the kid come last spring, when I first got the job?' "

Floyd said Thursday that Enfield's comments angered him.

"I damned sure didn't appreciate the comments that he made last week publicly about the city of El Paso, Texas, where my grandparents were born and raised, where my father was born and raised and played at Texas Western, and where I lived 22 years of my life," Floyd said. "It's a fabulous city, and my reaction yesterday was more about the city of El Paso than the previous part.

"As far as him saying he was just trying to apologize yesterday, it would've been really nice if he had apologized three weeks ago when that magazine article came out. His timing wasn't very good."

Enfield said he regretted the incident.

"I regret that the situation happened and I apologize to the USC fans, but this is about the players," he said. "We're moving on."

A Pac-12 official told ESPN that commissioner Larry Scott is in contact with Southern Cal to get a better idea of what happened between Enfield and Floyd, but said it was mainly a school issue and that it is not known if Scott would take any action.
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