UTEP boosters react to FBI investigation

Updated: Tuesday, January 7 2014, 09:50 PM MST
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By: Bill Melugin EL PASO, Texas --
Minutes after the University of Texas, El Paso announced the expulsion of three men's basketball players for allegedly taking part in sports gambling, KFOX14 spoke with boosters who support the program to get their reaction.

"I'd call (the players) a bunch of (expletive) is what I would tell them," said Maynard Haddad, a UTEP booster and owner of H and H Car Wash. "They just ruined their whole futures in life, they don't understand, the only opportunity they have in their life is education, because they're not good enough to go to any other level."

"When you're dealing with 18- to 24-year-olds, they make dumb decisions, this one unfortunately affects the whole program, it's sad to see, but it's just something that happened," said Edward Davis, a UTEP booster and owner at Nuovo Cappetto's. "Tim Floyd is a great guy, runs a great program, and my hat's off to him for being out in front of this right away, I look forward to him still putting together a great program this season, with conference play coming up."

Both boosters threw their support behind coach Tim Floyd, the athletic department, and the university.

"I'll tell you how I feel, real simple, my heart goes out to Tim, and the coaching staff at UTEP," Haddad said. "To have to put up with this stuff they put up today, with young people, the pressure is to win, that's all we care about, they have to go out and find kids that fit our program, and you're going to mess up, and the coach always gets all the blame."

"You can't control stuff like this, whether it's drugs or not going to class or not making grades, you're dealing with young kids, you never know until you get them here," Davis said. "You can't hold the program responsible, Bob Stull has done a great job, Tim Floyd is doing a great job, it's just bad luck."

"Floyd came home to turn around the program for us, he's a man of high reputation, a class act, his dad was a class act , I knew his dad, they're from El Paso, he has a class family," Haddad said. "There's some other coaches in the business, high profile, and everybody knows they're crooks, but our coach isn't."
UTEP boosters react to FBI investigation
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