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The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

That Escalated Quickly: UTEP Coach Tim Floyd Escorted Off Court By Police Officer After Getting Ejected

(By Dan Fogarty, SportsGrid) - UTEP head basketball coach Tim Floyd had to be escorted off the court by a police officer last night after being ejected from a game against East Carolina. UTEP would go on to lose, 83-76.

With UTEP trailing 35-29 early in the second half, Floyd was called for his second technical foul for stepping outside the coaching box, of all things. Naturally, he was peeved, and immediately went after the referee who ejected him. Floyd, who says he had never seen said referee before, had to be separated from him by assistant coaches.

That’s when the police officer stepped in and escorted Floyd off the court. It may have been an overreaction on the officer’s part: at no point did Floyd diverge from the “angry college basketball coach who’s just been ejected” playbook, and he didn’t appear to get physical with the referee. Most likely, the officer was there doing game security, and his natural law enforcement instincts kicked in when he saw two men shouting at each other a few feet away from him.


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