There is No Excuse for Tim Floyd
Tim Floyd's team was down 6 points with 48 seconds left on the clock. They were in the game. Was it likely they were going to win? No. Was it impossible? Of course not.
At least, it wasn't impossible until Tim Floyd decided that he was a two-year-old, and threw two pieces of paper on the court. He earned a technical foul, gifted Carolina two free throws that made it a three-possession game, which essentially put it out of reach. The Trojans went from being in the game to not being in the game, because Tim Floyd wanted to act like a child and throw things. If he can't control himself, USC's athletic department really should make more of an effort to make sure he has his binky with him on the sidelines.
USC's had a great season, and I'm not saying that one moment shouldn't undo a year of quality work. I'm not calling for him to be fired or anything, but ... there can be no excuse for what he did. Sorry, there's just not. He's 53 years old, and he's coaching 18-year-olds. The players are supposed to be the emotional ones, and he's supposed to be the one who teaches them to keep their emotions in check. He's supposed to set the example that when things go bad, it is no excuse to do something that costs every one of your teammates. As a teacher last night, he failed. He let his kids down.
And I don't want to hear anything about the emotions of the game, how he's only human, he's not a robot out there, etc. That's garbage.
I get that he was frustrated. His team blew a massive lead, and their season was about to end, and a tough call went against them. Difficult circumstances, yes. Very difficult. But that's the point. The point is keeping focused even when things are tough. What's important right there, reacting like a little kid, or keeping your focus on trying to win the game?
He lost his mind and cost his team a shot at winning a game. What could possibly justify that?