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KTSM Confirms: Rashanti Harris and John Bohannon Have Signed With UTEP

We knew it was a done deal, but it's nice to hear the "letters have arrived" at Tim Floyd's office. Harris definitely has eligibility concerns, but there's no way Tim Floyd would be recruiting him if he wasn't positive he would be cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse. KTSM has also confirmed that Harris will have four years of eligibility with UTEP. It's not clear if he will have to sit out next season, per NCAA transfer rules, since he did not play in any games last season with Georgia State. KTSM also confirms that William Small, Harris' recruiter at Georgia State, will join Tim Floyd at UTEP but the article wasn't clear in what capacity he will serve. He won't be UTEP's Director of Basketball Operations, as that spot has been filled by former Floyd player (USC Forward) Keith Wilkinson. So, it appears Small will be an assistant coach and/or recruiting coordinator. Small has 16 years of coaching experience and it's all in the southeast. He's coached at Southeastern Louisiana, Troy, Western Kentucky (where he's credited with signing Courtney Lee who's now with the New Jersey Nets), Tulane, and most recently Georgia State. At Georgia State, Small was the lead recruiter of Harris and three star forward James Vincent. If Small could consistently sign 3 and 4 star recruits to the Colonial Athletic Association's Georgia State, I can't even begin to imagine what he might be able to bring to UTEP. So far, with Harris coming along with him, he's off to a good start in El Paso. Also, in news that slipped through the cracks seemingly everywhere else, John Bohannon, of Lancaster, has also signed on the dotted line. These signings give UTEP a 6'9 center who physically is ready to play immediately and a 6'10 freshman who has seemingly endless upside. Bohannon was the star of Tony Barbee's final recruiting class and it was vital that Floyd keep him committed. With Jamison Stearns and Darrious Curry out of the picture, the only Miner recruit unaccounted for is Matt Korcheck, a 6'9 center out of Sabino High School in Tucson. Scout has Korcheck rated as the #29 center prospect in this year's class. On April 14, Bill Knight reported that Korcheck is "still with the Miners" but I have not found confirmation that he's made it official. If he does sign, or has, the Miners will be set in the post in 2012. Exciting times.

And Then There Were Two: Darrious Curry Also Granted a Release

The Miners basketball team has lost their second Tony Barbee signee in a matter of days, this time it's Darrious Curry. According to Bill Knight, John Bohannon and Matt Korcheck are still committed to become Miners. Best of luck to Darrious Curry wherever he lands. UPDATE: KTSM reports that John Bohannon "is still believed to be coming to El Paso" after meeting with Tim Floyd this week.

And Then There Were Three: Jamison Stearns Asks for Release ($)

Rivals ($) is reporting that Tony Barbee recruit Jamison Stearns has asked to be released from his letter of intent with UTEP. The move gives Tim Floyd another scholarship to work with. Here's wishing Jamison the best of luck in the future.

The Dig: Craving Queso Fries Edition

UTEP's second spring scrimmage was a costly one, Tony Barbee's assistants have found work, and the Houston Cougar's have a backup plan if Case Keenum goes down. That and more in the Dig: Your best daily C-USA Roundup.

The Dig: 4.8.10

Miner great Bob Kitchens is retiring, El Paso, Inc. comes out of nowhere with a solid financial breakdown of the UTEP basketball program, Marshall's best defensive back has been arrested for the third time (3rd Time!) in the last 13 months, and more in the Dig!

The Daily Dig: 3.31.10

Want to get a feel for what the national media thinks of the Tim Floyd hire? What did Pete Carroll have to say to Tim? What PAC 10 area newspaper is worried about UTEP stealing recruits? It's all in the Dig.

The Land of Second Chances: UTEP Welcomes Tim Floyd Back to El Paso

The UTEP Miners have hired former USC head coach Tim Floyd as their new mens basketball coach. El Paso has truly become the land of second chances for troubled college coaches and all Miner fans ask for in return is hard work and a bit of loyalty.

ESPN's Andy Katz: UTEP Hires Tim Floyd

Andy Katz is reporting that UTEP has hired Tim Floyd to be their newest head basketball coach and replace the departed Tony Barbee.

Bill Knight: Dickey the Front-Runner but Talks Still "Ongoing" With Tim Floyd

The El Paso Times' Biill Knight has a nice round-up of where the UTEP mens basketball coaching search stands as of this morning. With all the movement in the last 24 hours, I wouldn't be surprised if we have an official announcement very soon. Excerpt: "Most thought Floyd to be the top choice, but recently his name has drifted out of the picture. He interviewed with UTEP athletic director Bob Stull last weekend in New Orleans. Floyd also interviewed with the University of Houston last weekend. Sources close to the search say "it's not dead yet" and that it is safe to assume talks are still ongoing with Floyd."

One & Done: Derrick Caracter Will Enter the 2010 NBA Draft

UTEP Officials have told CBS Sports that Derrick Caracter will enter the 2010 NBA Draft. The first line of business for UTEP's new basketball coach will be to preserve Tony Barbee's final recruiting class or 2011 will be a long season in El Paso.

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