Tirebiter’s Morning Byte: Andy Enfield Goes National and Other Links


A Coach Takes ‘Dunk City’ Style to Los Angeles
(Scott Cacciola | New York Times )

Enfield, 43, now faces an even greater challenge: reviving a dormant program in a city with no shortage of distractions. Los Angeles has the Lakers, the Clippers and the Dodgers. Los Angeles has Hollywood starlets, warm beaches and In-N-Out Burger. In this crowded market, U.S.C. men’s basketball has been an afterthought, hindered by decades of mediocrity. Enfield wants to change all that. If it happens, he said, it will not be by accident. “You have to build something,” said Enfield, who likened coaching to running a small business. “You have to communicate with your employees. You have to show up every day wanting to improve. You have to create a culture and a brand.”

Will Andy Enfield Make USC as Fun to Watch as Florida Gulf Coast and Dunk City?
(C.J. Moore | Bleacher Report)

Before anyone knew about Florida Gulf Coast, I talked to Enfield prior to the NCAA tournament. I expected to talk to a coach who was just happy to be there, who had a gee shucks this is neat attitude. Instead, Enfield was incredibly confident in his team. He was convinced Georgetown would have to play Florida Gulf Coast’s way. “We’re going to use our speed and our athleticism kind of like a Tyson Chandler mode,” he said. “We’re looking to run our style and we’re not going to change. This is who we are. We’re built for an up-tempo style of play.” That’s quite the recruiting pitch. So is this. “Do recruits want to go somewhere and play a slowdown style?” Enfield asked in the Los Angeles Times. “Or do they want to enjoy themselves and win?” Enfield has their attention.

Trojans’ 2010 class caught in transition ($)
( Garry Paskwietz | We Are SC)

As the Trojans continue to hit the spring recruiting trail, we take a look back at Lane Kiffin’s first recruiting class as head coach at USC, the Class of 2010. It was a class whose foundation was built by Pete Carroll but had to be salvaged by Kiffin, Ed Orgeron and others after Carroll left for the Seattle Seahawks only a few weeks before signing day.


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