The FGCU coach could be headed to USC as the Trojans are reportedly taking a close look at Andy Enfield after his team’s unlikely run in the NCAA Tournament.
Little known before the tournament began, Andy Enfield became a household name as he led the No. 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast University to wins over Georgetown and San Diego State. The Eagles became the first 15 seed to advance to the Sweet Sixteen, and Enfield suddenly became a hot commodity.
The rumors that the FGCU coach could be headed to USC heated up over the weekend following the team’s loss to Florida. The 43-year-old Enfield runs a fast-paced style of play that could be intriguing to USC, and his pedigree as a former Florida State and NBA assistant shows that his performance at FGCU is no fluke.
Observers see the FGCU coach as a good fit at USC. His team was not the conventional No. 15 seed, which usually try to rely on three-pointers or a single star player in an attempt to hang with the No. 2 in the initial tournament matchup. Instead Enfield employed a team of athletic, high-flying players that earned the university the nickname “Dunk City.” It’s a style that would go over very well in Los Angeles.
Enfield said after the team’s tournament run that he isn’t surprised to be generating interest from bigger schools.
“Anytime you are successful in this business, it’s just natural,” Enfield said Saturday evening after the team returned to campus. “My personal life and my family’s personal life has been under such scrutiny the last week, week and a half, that we just want to take a break, take a deep breath, realize what our team did for this university and this community, and we’ll go from there in the next few days.”
Even if the FGCU coach doesn’t go to USC, he could still be moving up. The Minnesota Gophers are reportedly interested in Andy Enfield as well.