USC has inked a deal with Florida Gulf Coast’s Andy Enfield, after meeting with him this weekend to discuss him taking over as head coach of the men’s basketball team, according to Sports Illustrated.com
Per Andy Katz, Enfield signed a six-year contract with USC.
Not bad for a coach that flew under the radar until two weeks ago.
Pat Haden–and the rest of college hoops fans, for that matter–got turned on to Enfield and his FGCU Eagles after an inspiring showing in the 2013 NCAA tournament, where they upset No. 2-seeded Georgetown and No. 7 San Diego State. USC went after Enfield right after his bought in the tournament was over, and over the past few days, swayed him to bring his talents to Los Angeles.
Enfield, who went 41-28 in his two years coaching FGCU, would bring a fresh, high-octane style of play that is very conducive to the Los Angeles sports culture. Not only that, but it also would revitalize the Trojan hoops program, one that desperately needs resuscitation after a few lackluster seasons.
USC is certainly taking a risk on Enfield, who is relatively unproven, but it is a risk the Trojans can afford to take after a 14-18 season this year, and an embarrassing 6-26 the year before.
According to Daily Trojan staff writer Jacob Freedman, USC will announce Enfield as the new men’s basketball coach on Wed., Apr. 3, at 2:30 p.m.
It’s a bold move, but with the Los Angeles Lakers, UCLA Bruins and Lob City in the Trojans’ backyard, a little “Dunk City” could go a long way in turning this program around.