Posted March 30, 2013

Report: USC basketball targeting Florida Gulf Coast head coach Andy Enfield

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Florida Gulf Coast coach Andy Enfield led the Eagles to the first-ever Sweet 16 appearance by a No. 15 seed. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Florida Gulf Coast coach Andy Enfield led the Eagles to the first-ever Sweet 16 appearance by a No. 15 seed. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

The University of Southern California basketball program,  which fired head coach Kevin O’Neill in January in the midst of a 14-18 season, is targeting Florida Gulf Coast’s Andy Enfield for its head coaching vacancy, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Dan Wetzel.

The coach and school are expected to begin talks this weekend, the report states.

Enfield’s stunning 2013 NCAA tournament run at the helm of the 15th-seeded “Dunk City” Eagles ended on Friday in a 62-50 loss to Florida.

The 43-year-old gained recognition during the tourney for cultivating FGCU’s uptempo style, as well as his business background and model wife.

USC, meanwhile, finished near the bottom of the Pac-12 standings with a 9-9 record. During O’Neill’s three-plus-year tenure, the Trojans never finished better than 10-8 in the conference and made just one tournament appearance (2011).

They fired O’Neill after a 7-10 start this season, naming associate head coach Bob Cantu as interim head coach.

Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins is also considered a candidate for the job, but USC is intrigued by what Enfield offers, according to Wetzel.

While Enfield, a former Florida State and NBA assistant coach has few recruiting ties to the West Coast, USC is intrigued by not only his success and potential, but his preferred uptempo style of play.

FGCU became known as “Dunk City” due to its high-octane system that could play well in Los Angeles. USC competes for basketball fans with not just UCLA and other area colleges but the Lakers and Clippers NBA franchises that play just a few miles from campus in the Staples Center.


12 comments
utahfriday
utahfriday

He's not leaving FGCU. The guy's not coaching for the $. He's got plenty of that. He's coaching for the chase and the wins. USC would be a meat grinder and there's no upside.

joeshine730
joeshine730

Hire Romar at USC. Funny how a few games won in the NCAA makes a coach look great. Enfield din't even win his league.

John3
John3

Newsflash to LA - no intelligent wants to live in your Third World hell hole these days.

Rams2LA
Rams2LA

UCLA's loss. WOuld of been a great hire at UCLA and the offense with the right players would of been avering around 90 points a game.

LeilaniHernandez
LeilaniHernandez

lol...kevin o'neill. why did he leave marquette in the first place?

Cool
Cool

During the game last night I turned to a friend and said that I thought UCLA would go after him.. well I was wrong, but not by much.  

joeshine730
joeshine730

Dumb move USC in Enfield.  Hire a coach who knows California and the HS coaches in the state.  Enfield would be a disaster at USC.

gdrg
gdrg

 @John3 I always love it when people try to make fun of others' intelligence and can't even do so without stupid spelling/grammar mistakes.

cptrout
cptrout

Yeah, your right, nobody wants to live in So Cal and I'll bet half of your relatives live here. LOL. 

paul67
paul67

 @Rams2LA A one hit wonder at best , Let U$C for for the BB flavor of the week.

 

Rams2LA
Rams2LA

 @joeshine730 no he would'nt. The guy has 10 or more years in the NBA. He seems to have a great personalty and do you see how the players love playing for him? He would of won recruits and parents over.