Most Shared

Local Sports

Local Sports

 
text size

UTEP boosters react to FBI investigation

Updated: Tuesday, January 7 2014, 09:50 PM MST
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


Advertise with us!

Related Stories

From the El Paso Times

El Paso Sports
High school softball / baseball: Teams gearing up for the 2nd season
Montwood softball coach Rich Rodriguez expected his team to be good this season. But he was surprised how good the Rams have played with his team being so young.
Matthew Aguilar: Ageless Hopkins will find ways to foil Shumenov
Really, the end for Bernard Hopkins should have come in 2005, when Jermain Taylor upset the man then known as "The Executioner" via split decision.
Faith Christian's Breanna Medina hopes to contribute for UTEP softball in future
When UTEP softball coach Tobin Echo-Hawk arrived last year as the new leader of the Miners, one of the first local players she started recruiting was Breanna Medina.
Several El Paso-area high school athletes to continue career at next level
Several El Paso high school athletes will play college sports next year at Non-Division I schools. Here is a list of some of those who will continue their career.
High school baseball: Powerful Irvin hammers Chapin
The Irvin Rockets baseball team continued its strong late season play on Thursday afternoon knocking off District 1-4A leader Chapin, 14-0, at Chapin High School.
High school baseball: Montwood rally sends Rams into postseason
Now is the time of year that some high school baseball teams can't afford to lose a game with the regular season coming to an end.
High school baseball: Ysleta makes clutch plays, holds off Canutillo
The difference between a team that fights into the playoffs and a team that just misses isn't always big. Certainly there wasn't a big difference between Ysleta and Canutillo in what turned into a 7-4 Indian victory Thursday that secured the postseason, just a string of small ones in the biggest moments that added up to a tense, gutsy win.
Hockey: Rhinos fall to Idaho in shootout at nationals
The El Paso Rhinos fell to fellow Western States Hockey League member Idaho Jr. Steelheads 3-2 in a shootout in United Hockey Union Junior Hockey Nationals round robin play Thursday afternoon in Las Vegas.
High school golf: T-Bird girls finish 13th at 5A regional golf
The Coronado girls golf team finished tied for seventh at the Rawls Golf Course in Lubbock, Texas. The Thunderbirds shot a two-day total of 666 along with Fort Worth Paschal.
El Paso Chihuahuas Game Summary: Albuquerque 2 Chihuahuas 1 - Thursday
El Paso Chihuahuas Game Summary: Albuquerque 2 Chihuahuas 1 - Thursday
UTEP women's basketball: Miners sign power forward
Wednesday represented a metaphorical changing of the guard for the UTEP women's basketball team, and a literal changing of the post.
UTEP men's basketball: Miners recruits will bolster backcourt
Tim Floyd took the final steps in putting together another UTEP basketball team Wednesday.
UTEP women's tennis: Trio close out career
They came from three different places, three different directions to form a sisterhood at UTEP. They came and formed a bond, and they also became one of the more successful trios in UTEP tennis history.
El Paso Chihuahuas Game Summary: Albuquerque 3 Chihuahuas 1
Dodgers' pitching prospect Zach Lee threw six shutout innings in the Albuquerque Isotopes 3-1 victory over the El Paso Chihuahuas Wednesday in Albuquerque. The Isotopes scored twice in the first inning on a solo home run by Jamie Romak and an RBI single by Chili Buss, then added a third run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Trayvon Robinson.
High school basketball: Franklin's Laneah Bryan signs with UNM
Growing up in Albuquerque, Laneah Bryan would go to The Pit to watch University of New Mexico basketball games.
Miner Mania
UTEP men's basketball: Miners recruits will bolster backcourt
Tim Floyd took the final steps in putting together another UTEP basketball team Wednesday.
UTEP women's tennis: Trio close out career
They came from three different places, three different directions to form a sisterhood at UTEP. They came and formed a bond, and they also became one of the more successful trios in UTEP tennis history.
UTEP forward Kayla Thornton to attend WNBA training camp
Kayla Thornton's dream of playing professional basketball at the highest level took a big step forward Monday night when she was invited to attend training camp with the Washington Mystics.
Monday was declared UTEP Women's Basketball Day
Today is UTEP Women's Basketball Team Day, the El Paso County Commissioners declared today.
UTEP softball: Miners edge Blue Raiders, gain sweep
UTEP scrambled from behind — using all facets ... clutch hitting, good defense, good pitching — and edged Middle Tennessee 6-5 on a sun-splashed Sunday afternoon at Helen of Troy Softball
UTEP track and field: Miners perform despite high wind
Track and field's most formidable opponent — Mother Nature — reared her head Saturday afternoon, turning the UTEP Invitational into a windblown affair...huffing and puffing away all the best times, heights and distances.
UTEP softball: Miners unleash bats to sweep doubleheader against Middle Tennessee
UTEP got bats back on track on a windblown Saturday afternoon and got back in the win column, dusting Middle Tennessee in a doubleheader at the Helen of Troy Softball Complex.
UTEP track: Janice Jackson says goodbye to Kidd Field in style
Janice Jackson had so much on her agenda at Saturday's UTEP Invitational that it helped the senior ignore the one thing she really didn't want to do: say goodbye.
UTEP football: Defense stands tall in Miners' spring game
The list of areas where the UTEP defense needs to improve is just about universal, but making big plays has to come right after tackling following a season where the Miners had just 12 turnovers and 13 sacks.
UTEP softball: Miners hope to break slump with doubleheader
The Miners, one of the best hitting teams in Conference USA, are hoping to break out of their collective slump today with a doubleheader against Middle Tennessee at the Helen of Troy Softball Complex.
Olympic 400 champ among competitors at UTEP meet
UTEP, one of the top-ranked track and field programs in the nation, will go full force today ... chasing times and distances and heights with Olympians, a smattering of professional athletes and teams from North Texas, Louisiana Tech, Rice, New Mexico State, Northern Illinois, Grand Canyon University and New Mexico Junior College in the UTEP Invitational at Kidd Field.
UTEP track and field: Mickael Hanany's choice to compete 1 more year leads to French high jump record
It was one of those pivotal moments in a life. A soul was searched. Answers were vague. Frustration was crystal clear.
UTEP Football: Miners set for spring game
Whatever happens in tonight's spring game won't lead to a major change on UTEP's football depth chart.
UTEP football: Three 'new' players stand out in spring
UTEP's help-wanted list heading into spring was, as always, a long one, but the spots at the top of it were easy to identify.
UTEP Track and field: Trio of El Pasoans will run at UTEP invitational
Area sports fans see the legacy on a regular basis ... the impressive footsteps dropped down year after year from the UTEP track and field program.
High School Mania
High school softball / baseball: Teams gearing up for the 2nd season
Montwood softball coach Rich Rodriguez expected his team to be good this season. But he was surprised how good the Rams have played with his team being so young.
Faith Christian's Breanna Medina hopes to contribute for UTEP softball in future
When UTEP softball coach Tobin Echo-Hawk arrived last year as the new leader of the Miners, one of the first local players she started recruiting was Breanna Medina.
Several El Paso-area high school athletes to continue career at next level
Several El Paso high school athletes will play college sports next year at Non-Division I schools. Here is a list of some of those who will continue their career.
High school baseball: Powerful Irvin hammers Chapin
The Irvin Rockets baseball team continued its strong late season play on Thursday afternoon knocking off District 1-4A leader Chapin, 14-0, at Chapin High School.
High school baseball: Montwood rally sends Rams into postseason
Now is the time of year that some high school baseball teams can't afford to lose a game with the regular season coming to an end.
High school baseball: Ysleta makes clutch plays, holds off Canutillo
The difference between a team that fights into the playoffs and a team that just misses isn't always big. Certainly there wasn't a big difference between Ysleta and Canutillo in what turned into a 7-4 Indian victory Thursday that secured the postseason, just a string of small ones in the biggest moments that added up to a tense, gutsy win.
High school golf: T-Bird girls finish 13th at 5A regional golf
The Coronado girls golf team finished tied for seventh at the Rawls Golf Course in Lubbock, Texas. The Thunderbirds shot a two-day total of 666 along with Fort Worth Paschal.
High school basketball: Franklin's Laneah Bryan signs with UNM
Growing up in Albuquerque, Laneah Bryan would go to The Pit to watch University of New Mexico basketball games.
High school softball: Hanks bats erupt in rout over Parkland
Hanks softball coach Shelley Prather used the word "resilient" early in the season to describe her team, since the Knights have been down and able to come back more than a few times this year.
High school baseball: Improved Irvin knocks off Bowie, now 9-3 in District 1-4A
In his third year as the Irvin baseball coach, Alex Peña has begun to develop a consistent winner. On Tuesday, the Rockets improved to 9-3 in District 1-4A with a resounding 19-1 win over Bowie in a
High school tennis: Coronado has success at regionals
The Coronado tennis team is sending three teams to the Class 5A state tennis tournament April 28-29 in Austin.
High school baseball: Franklin grinds out victory over Montwood
Franklin pitcher Nicholas Fernandez's season began with some struggles, to the point where he was out of the starting rotation after the first game of the District 1-5A season.
Coaches' leadership shows: Jim Forbes, Cynthia Hernandez lead teams deep into playoffs
Andress' Jim Forbes and Burges' Cynthia Hernandez led their teams to the best seasons in recent history for their respective schools.
High school soccer: Andress falls in 4A regional final
The Andress boys soccer team saw its season come to an end with a 5-2 loss to Trophy Club Byron Nelson in the Class 4A regional finals Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls.
High school baseball: Reyes uses arm, bat to lead Aztecs in win
El Dorado junior Alex Reyes gave the Aztecs a nice performance on both the mound and at the plate on Saturday.

Las Cruces Sun News

NMSU BASEBALL: Aggies split doubleheader, take two of three from Seattle
LAS CRUCES - The New Mexico State baseball team split its Friday doubleheader against Seattle at Presley Askew Field, falling in Game 1 9-3 before winning Game 2 6-5.
NMSU SOFTBALL: Aggie softball swept, falls out of first place
The New Mexico State Aggie softball team was swept in a Friday night doubleheader at Grand Canyon, losing Game 1 7-1 before falling in Game 2 2-0 in Phoenix, Ariz.
PREP TRACK: Knights win Oñate Invite championship
LAS CRUCES - The Oñate girls track team won Thursday's Oñate Invite on Thursday at Field of Dreams. The Knights scored 112 points and were followed by Los Lunas (93 points), Mayfield (76), Santa
NMSU FOOTBALL: Quarterback Tyler Rogers looks to make impact with new team, on the FBS level
LAS CRUCES - Tyler Rogers' goal was to receive a scholarship to play in the Football Bowl Subdivision - formerly known as college football's Division I-A - and he accomplished that this past
NMSU MEN'S BASKETBALL: Bhullar's official decision could come as soon as this weekend
LAS CRUCES - The New Mexico State men's basketball program may be losing a big contributor to their team.
NMSU BASEBALL: Aggies take series opener from Seattle
LAS CRUCES - The New Mexico State Aggie baseball team opened its four-game home series against Seattle University with a 7-4 win on Friday night.
NMSU SOFTBALL: Aggies can clinch WAC regular-season title with sweep
The New Mexico State Aggie softball team will face Grand Canyon University for a three-game series this weekend in Phoenix, Ariz.
PREP SOFTBALL: Centennial now 4-0 in district
The Centennial Hawks moved to 4-0 in District 3-4A play with 20-0 and 22-0 wins over Chaparral on Thursday at Field of Dreams.
PREP BASEBALL: Trojans stay hot, sweep Gadsden
The Mayfield Trojans swept a District 3-5A doubleheader at Gadsden High School on Thursday winning Game 1 8-3 before taking the nightcap 6-2.
PREP BASEBALL: Centennial wins big in doubleheader sweep of Chaparral
The Centennial Hawks are now 3-1 in District 3-4A after sweeping Chaparral 14-4 and 19-0 in a Thursday doubleheader at Field of Dreams.
PREP SOFTBALL: Mendoza, Knights move to 21-1 on season
Head coach Fernie Valles said his Oñate Knights softball team didn't play to its peak level on Thursday night at Alamogordo.
PREP BASEBALL: Knights pitching, one run hold up for win
LAS CRUCES - The Oñate Knights got another solid pitching performance, and one run on the scoreboard was enough to hold up in victory.
COMMENTARY: Should Sim stay or should he go?
In recent days, there's been rampant speculation on social media - specifically the social media Website Twitter - about Sim Bhullar and the NBA, most recently Wednesday night when an online report
BLOGGING: Expect Bhullar's NBA decision to come sooner than later
LAS CRUCES - With Sim Bhullar's basketball future a hot-button topic on social media, Las Cruces Sun-News beat writer Jason Groves continues to provide updates on his blog Basketball Diaries.
PREP SPORTS: Local games fill Thursday's docket
There will be a large slate of high school baseball and softball games on Thursday in and around Las Cruces. At Field of Dreams, Oñate (3-3 District 3-5A record) will take on Alamogordo (4-2 District 3-5A record) for

Las Cruces Sports

NMSU BASEBALL: Aggies split doubleheader, take two of three from Seattle
LAS CRUCES - The New Mexico State baseball team split its Friday doubleheader against Seattle at Presley Askew Field, falling in Game 1 9-3 before winning Game 2 6-5.
NMSU SOFTBALL: Aggie softball swept, falls out of first place
The New Mexico State Aggie softball team was swept in a Friday night doubleheader at Grand Canyon, losing Game 1 7-1 before falling in Game 2 2-0 in Phoenix, Ariz.
PREP TRACK: Knights win Oñate Invite championship
LAS CRUCES - The Oñate girls track team won Thursday's Oñate Invite on Thursday at Field of Dreams. The Knights scored 112 points and were followed by Los Lunas (93 points), Mayfield (76), Santa
NMSU FOOTBALL: Quarterback Tyler Rogers looks to make impact with new team, on the FBS level
LAS CRUCES - Tyler Rogers' goal was to receive a scholarship to play in the Football Bowl Subdivision - formerly known as college football's Division I-A - and he accomplished that this past
NMSU MEN'S BASKETBALL: Bhullar's official decision could come as soon as this weekend
LAS CRUCES - The New Mexico State men's basketball program may be losing a big contributor to their team.
NMSU BASEBALL: Aggies take series opener from Seattle
LAS CRUCES - The New Mexico State Aggie baseball team opened its four-game home series against Seattle University with a 7-4 win on Friday night.
NMSU SOFTBALL: Aggies can clinch WAC regular-season title with sweep
The New Mexico State Aggie softball team will face Grand Canyon University for a three-game series this weekend in Phoenix, Ariz.
PREP SOFTBALL: Centennial now 4-0 in district
The Centennial Hawks moved to 4-0 in District 3-4A play with 20-0 and 22-0 wins over Chaparral on Thursday at Field of Dreams.
PREP BASEBALL: Trojans stay hot, sweep Gadsden
The Mayfield Trojans swept a District 3-5A doubleheader at Gadsden High School on Thursday winning Game 1 8-3 before taking the nightcap 6-2.
PREP BASEBALL: Centennial wins big in doubleheader sweep of Chaparral
The Centennial Hawks are now 3-1 in District 3-4A after sweeping Chaparral 14-4 and 19-0 in a Thursday doubleheader at Field of Dreams.
PREP SOFTBALL: Mendoza, Knights move to 21-1 on season
Head coach Fernie Valles said his Oñate Knights softball team didn't play to its peak level on Thursday night at Alamogordo.
PREP BASEBALL: Knights pitching, one run hold up for win
LAS CRUCES - The Oñate Knights got another solid pitching performance, and one run on the scoreboard was enough to hold up in victory.
COMMENTARY: Should Sim stay or should he go?
In recent days, there's been rampant speculation on social media - specifically the social media Website Twitter - about Sim Bhullar and the NBA, most recently Wednesday night when an online report
BLOGGING: Expect Bhullar's NBA decision to come sooner than later
LAS CRUCES - With Sim Bhullar's basketball future a hot-button topic on social media, Las Cruces Sun-News beat writer Jason Groves continues to provide updates on his blog Basketball Diaries.
PREP SPORTS: Local games fill Thursday's docket
There will be a large slate of high school baseball and softball games on Thursday in and around Las Cruces. At Field of Dreams, Oñate (3-3 District 3-5A record) will take on Alamogordo (4-2 District 3-5A record) for
 
Advertise with us!

KFOX-TV Sports Team

KFOX14 El Paso - Live Cast Watch live broadcasts of KFOX14 News seven days a week!
Advertise with us!