Posted November 22, 2013

New USC coach Andy Enfield takes shots at Tim Floyd, Steve Alford

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USC hired Andy Enfield after he coached Florida Gulf Coast to Sweet Sixteen. (Jeff Golden/Getty Images)

USC hired Andy Enfield after he coached Florida Gulf Coast to Sweet Sixteen. (Jeff Golden/Getty Images)

Andy Enfield provided the 2013 NCAA men’s basketball tournament with one of its most colorful story lines. He coached 15th-seed Florida Gulf Coast to the Sweet Sixteen with their “Dunk City” style. His background outside of basketball — he made millions with a medical industry start-up and married former Maxim model Amanda Marcum –  increased his national profile to the point that USC hired him in April.

Enfield’s celebrity gave Men’s Journal reason to write a profile on his arrival in Los Angeles, and the coach provided some interesting quotes, including possible bulletin board material for former USC coach Tim Floyd and new UCLA coach Steve Alford. Enfield also may upset some people in the sixth-largest city in Texas.

Writer Stephen Rodrick shadowed Enfield around campus, including an appearance at a USC booster’s lunch.

At the event, Enfield was asked about Texas El Paso head coach Floyd’s claim that Enfield tampered with coveted UTEP commit Isaac Hamilton before he signed with UCLA. Enfield alleged Floyd held a grudge because he wanted the USC job — years after leaving amidst the O.J. Mayo recruiting scandal — and regretted his current location: El Paso.

“Tim Floyd shows up every day at work and realizes he lives in El Paso, Texas,” said Enfield. “And he’s pissed off that he didn’t get the USC job two months ago. I told him, ‘Tim, if I could have all this power to somehow convince a family to do this, why the heck didn’t the kid come last spring, when I first got the job?’”

Enfield wasn’t done. When he was asked about USC’s less successful program competing in the same market as NCAA powerhouse UCLA — and Alford — Enfield waved off worry.

“I don’t worry about them,” said Enfield with a smile. “I’ve made it to one Sweet Sixteen in two years, and he’s made it to one Sweet Sixteen in 18 years.” The boosters hooted. By the end of the meal, they would have rubbed out Alford and Floyd with just an Enfield whisper and some piano wire.

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Seeming undaunted by his performance in front of USC boosters, Enfield accompanied the writer back to his office and perhaps provided a glimpse at his first year at the helm of the Trojans.

We walked back to his office, and Enfield had a little swagger in his step.

“I think this is going to be fun.”


15 comments
craigbhill1
craigbhill1

As a Ucla alum, i like Enfield, he's unafraid to shake things up because he knows it's a matter of time before he recruits great kids to SC and repeats the success he had at that little college in Florida. Unlike Lame Kitten and now ho-hum Steve Sarkasian on the football end, i think SC hit a homerun in the basketball program. It's obviously not a slam dunk to most, but will end up a convincing bomb from 3-pt range. His presence puts pressure on Alford to concentrate on success ASAP to keep recruits interested in coming to LA to disregard SC for Ucla. I like that. Alford is 7-0, plays @ Missouri Saturday, Duke in a couple weeks and wants to clear the deck starting next year of the cupcakes Ben Howland had lined up in the early going for hardnosed challenges presented by the likes of the Dukies Alford was able to tack on to the sched. Short run, Ucla should continue to dominate LA. Longer run, Enfield poses an accomplished threat, and both of them know it. The compoetition will be good for both.

djp9
djp9

Doesn't anyone else find the article a little contrived? Starting controversy where there really is none?

I don't find his comments any big deal. 

Nothing to see here, time to move on.

Alberto1
Alberto1

Park it clown.  Win some games first. 

BarryLevy
BarryLevy

met Coach at the pre season open workout, and found him to be very friendly, and a Coach that might be described, as is Alford, as a player's coach.

LarrySailer
LarrySailer

Wow. If Enfield's coaching talent is as big as his mouth, USC should become national champs..

dandogwood
dandogwood

Great to see a confident coach at USC hope he can back it up?

Robert96
Robert96

I think I may have found a new team to root for.................and with an honest coach!

Go USC !


Kenneth22
Kenneth22

I followed team at FGCU and saw almost every home game...there his public image was unblemished and you might even say he had a "sweet" image...certainly he seemed to be somebody who led a well-balanced life...following his press since his move to USC, he's emerging as a "know-it-all haughty jerk...come to think of it, there were press reports that the FGCU AD wasn't too pleased that he secretly interviewed for another job BEFORE the tournament.

DSM
DSM

I loved watching his team win 2 games in the tournament, but trash talking players are bad enough--coaches should show more class and maturity

MichaelMedina
MichaelMedina

How many NCAA Championships does USC have? Zero! Atleast UTEP has one!!! Go Miners!!!

Azeron
Azeron

@Robert96 I think I have found a new Darth Vader to root against.  Go Bruins!

j7apple
j7apple

@MichaelMedina  lol  Your going to throw in the 1966 Texas Western NCAA Championship as UTEP's only crown?  Get with the times..This is 2013

craigbhill1
craigbhill1

@j7apple @MichaelMedina You don't know what having a national title in your trophy case does for a school and its players, probably because you didn't go to such a school. Or any??  (While i was getting my degree at Ucla, my school never wasn't national champs and i am obviously not shy to so brag.) All UTEP, with a beautiful campus in a pretty good town, needs is an Andy Enfield and it would return to the heights. Enfield can't do much yet at SC with the junk he inherited. Give him 2 years, i think, and watch.

Prashant
Prashant

@j7apple @MichaelMedina Good point. But USC doesn't have any NCAA basketball championships - be it the old times or in the new age.