Missouri lists former Iowa State head coach Tim Floyd as candidate for same position (UPDATE)


Missouri is looking at former Iowa State and current UTEP head coach Tim Floyd to take over at the same position on the men’s basketball team.

Feb 22, 2014; Hattiesburg, MS, USA; UTEP Miners head coach Tim Floyd talks to his players in the second half against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Reed Green Coliseum. Southern Miss won, 77-68. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN reports that he “has emerged as a strong candidate” to be the next head coach after leading the Miners to success in Conference USA.

"Floyd, 60, has spent the past four seasons with the Miners and has a team that is expected to compete for the Conference USA title next season. Floyd also spent four seasons at USC and led the Trojans to three NCAA tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 in 2007."

Before all that, Tim Floyd coached in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls and New Orleans Hornets. Even before that, he was the head coach at Iowa State before bolting to the pros.

Floyd led Iowa State to three straight NCAA appearances in his four years with the Cyclones, finishing with an 81-49 record. He coached notables such as Kelvin Cato, Marcus Fizer, Paul Shirley, and of course, ISU’s current head coach, Fred Hoiberg.

Everything was on the right path under Floyd until he couldn’t pass up the head coaching gig with the Bulls. The Cyclones lost on recruits such as Nick Collison and Kirk Hinrich, who went to Kansas instead.

ESPN also reports that Central Missouri head coach Kim Anderson is also in the running.

UPDATE: According to Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports, his source says Missouri and Tim Floyd haven’t even talked to each other.