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