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December 25, 2011

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Prospero

I agree Joe! This guys are young and they have already beaten an ACC and an SEC team. Impressive. they have made quite a turn around after losing to UTSA and Stephen F Austin.

I really think this team can be at the top of the conference this year. and im even more excited about the talent they are bringing in next year to help out.

By the time Washburn, Perez, Lang, Bohannon, and Cooper are veterans, they should be making deep tournament runs!

rhino

dont forget we also get washburns brother next year as well

Canaima

Other posters in past years had stated that Barbee was a good recruiter but not so good as a coach. I believe that now. On the on hand, you have a young Miner team playing with more discipline than I can remember seeing in recent years. On the other hand, you saw Barbee get out-coached last night. Every time Auburn made a move the Miners had an answer. Some of those answers came in the form of perfectly executed plays. Except for a couple of instances, the Miners didn't take bad shots and didn't make dumb passes. These players have talent but more importantly, they are playing Floyd's game (to paraphrase Glory Road).

Monchis

What a sweet revenge win against a Barbee coached band of individualists! Tim Floyed schooled Barbee on, "discipline", and "team play"!
I could see it in Barbee's eyes he was peeved!
Boy, that win against schmuck Barbee felt,
sooo goooood!!

bill


Barbee was a joke a UTEP and a joke at Auburn. Adios Barbra.

Pelon

when barbee gets fired i suggest that tim hires him as a recruiter....

also i believe for the fist time in years that the miners in two years could become a top ten team if Tim stays....

mike

Barbee looked down upon El Paso when he was here, so I am glad that a real coach showed him how to get it done. Like Mack Brown in football, Barbee is a first rate recruiter but a below average coach and this will become glaringly clear in the SEC. At UTEP, he had a squad that on talent alone had the skills to make a deep run in the NCAA. Had Barbee been a better coach (and human being) that 2010 team could have taken him to the Final Four. I can assure that that same squad, in Floyd's or even Gillespie's hands would have gone that far. Sadly, if Moultrie had not transferred before last season, Floyd would have developed a serious contender (and Moultrie would have known what it is to really be coached by someone who knows what they are doing.

Mark waugh

I believe that now. On the on hand, you have a young Miner team playing with more discipline than I can remember seeing in recent years. Thanks mate.

rj

I honestly thought this team would be lucky to win 10 games all year and now I feel 10 wins in CUSA is attainable. It's night and day what has happened to this squad and I could not be more excited about having CTF here teaching these guys how to play smart offense and ferocious defense. These are the Miner teams we all grew up with, but i think the big difference will be the quality of players CTF brings in. The Washburns, Tymond Howard are top recruits and mix that in with the diamonds in the rough like Lang, Cooper and Streeter. Perez looks like an entire different player and as long as JBO gets his head straight, he can be a legit threat. Can't forget about Gabe who plays hard every single time and has been a major addition since he came back from injury.
It will be exciting to watch these guys grow up together for the next few seasons, Joe's right, this is something special CTF is building.

One other thing, stop hating on Barbee people, he did what he needed to do at UTEP and moved on. He won a league title outright and took UTEP back to the tourney. That UTEP squad a few years back had 3 starters that are potential NBA guys (Caracter, Stone, Moultrie), and we all knew Culpepper was one of the best athletes to ever play at UTEP. That's impressive. Stop hating. Move on, we got CTF now and it's all good.

Steve FIscher

I'm not buying into all the optimism. We just lost at home to a CSU team that was 0-5 vs the top 50 according to Sagarin.

We were ranked 164th in RPI before the game and we will plunge further. We will not win 10 conf games even though the conf is pretty sorry this year.

boomer sooner

i don't think anyone realistically thinks utep is going to win the conference this year, but this team of mainly freshmen and sophomores has improved tremendously under this coaching staff in just a few weeks. that is where the true optimism is coming from. coach johnson put it very well after the 1st aggie game, saying he didn't want to ruin anyones dreams, but this team is not going to win the national title this year, probably not conference usa either. if this team stays together, there will be very good days ahead in the next 3 to 4 years.

Adrian

It saddens me how so many people dislike Barbie. All the guy did was bring the most talented players UTEP has ever had and win championships and took us to the big dance.

Tim Floyd hasn't done either and yet he is already better liked.

Is there something more to this hatred of Barbie?

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UTEP sports blog: Joe Muench has been a sports writer and a sports editor in El Paso for decades, but he’s best known as the columnist everyone loves to talk about. His UTEP athletics blog starts up the conversation again.

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