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07:15 AM ET 07.23 | What a difference a few months makes. Isaac Hamilton was the prized recruit for UTEP coach Tim Floyd last November -- a player ranked No. 32 in his class by ESPN's RecruitingNation and one who lived within two miles of Floyd's old stomping grounds at USC. But less than a month before the fall semester begins in El Paso, Hamilton's family said Isaac is not going to attend UTEP and wants a release from his national letter of intent so he can attend a school in the Los Angeles area -- preferably USC or UCLA -- so his ailing grandmother can watch him play next season. Floyd said Monday he isn't going to release Hamilton and that there has been tampering. Greg Hamilton, Isaac's father, said he emailed a letter to the UTEP administration Monday asking for the release. He said he didn't want to do anything to hurt Floyd, who he has known for decades.

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July 23, 2013  08:42 AM ET

Sounds like a family fued.

Hamilton's uncle played for UTEP back when Floyd was one of Haskin's assistants.

Kid just doesn't want to live in El Paso. Has nothing to do with grandma.

And, of course there is tampering by USC/UCLA. Release him anyway.

July 23, 2013  08:50 AM ET
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Kid just doesn't want to live in El Paso.

Um, I've been to El Paso. I don't blame anyone with those sentiments. For them, it's best to watch 'The Bridge' from the comfort of their elsewhere living rooms.

July 23, 2013  08:59 AM ET

Release the Kraken.

July 23, 2013  09:04 AM ET
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Um, I've been to El Paso. I don't blame anyone with those sentiments. For them, it's best to watch 'The Bridge' from the comfort of their elsewhere living rooms.

EP gets a bad rap because it is next to one of the most dangerous places on earth. Lived in EP there 35 years and never felt "threatened" at all. Raised two kids there without any trouble.

http://tinyurl.com/lkthcev

July 23, 2013  09:22 AM ET
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EP gets a bad rap because it is next to one of the most dangerous places on earth. Lived in EP there 35 years and never felt "threatened" at all. Raised two kids there without any trouble.http://tinyurl.com/lkthcev

DC, if folks who don't know El Paso think the Sun Bowl is some giant parabolic mirror, then let them stay away, watch 'The Bridge' on TV, and feel safer wherever they're at.

July 23, 2013  09:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

EP gets a bad rap because it is next to one of the most dangerous places on earth. Lived in EP there 35 years and never felt "threatened" at all. Raised two kids there without any trouble.http://tinyurl.com/lkthcev

And for those without propensity to prejudicial attitudes born of ignorance, the desert environment may not be their milieu. Having lived for a time in Las Cruces, NM, I am more familiar with "West El Paso" and the Mesilla Valley. FYI, I truly enjoyed my time in them thar parts. ;-)

July 23, 2013  09:39 AM ET
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... those without propensity to prejudicial attitudes born of ignorance ...

Not many of those types in here

July 23, 2013  10:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Sounds like a family fued. Hamilton's uncle played for UTEP back when Floyd was one of Haskin's assistants.Kid just doesn't want to live in El Paso. Has nothing to do with grandma. And, of course there is tampering by USC/UCLA. Release him anyway.

+1, DC. Floyd's a petulant hack, mentally abuses his players, and really is not that good as a head coach. He wound up in El Paso is for much the same reason as Mike Price.

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July 23, 2013  12:27 PM ET
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Whaddaya mean, the Sun Bowl isn't a giant parabolic mirror?

Well, there you go...

July 23, 2013  12:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Sounds like a family fued. Hamilton's uncle played for UTEP back when Floyd was one of Haskin's assistants.Kid just doesn't want to live in El Paso. Has nothing to do with grandma. And, of course there is tampering by USC/UCLA. Release him anyway.

The solution may be to take Floyd to Whazoo and "ask him nicely" to grant the release.

 
July 23, 2013  04:39 PM ET

NO NO NOoooooooo!!!!!!!!!!
NO! NO! NO!!

Back off coach Kiffin!!!! NO!!!

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