The 2013 ESPY Award nominations are out and new USC men’s basketball coach Andy Enfield and his former team, the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles, have been nominated for an ESPY for Best Upset.
The nomination comes for the Eagle’s upset over the No. 2-seed Georgetown Hoyas, beating them 78-68 in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament. From there the Eagles went on to beat the No. 7 San Diego State Aztecs in the second round, becoming the seventh No. 15 seed to the Round of 32, and the first ever to make it to the Sweet 16.
Enfield and his Eagles ultimately lost 50-62 to Florida in the Sweet 16. Once Florida Gulf Coast’s stint in the tournament was over, Pat Haden and USC wasted no time luring him out of the South and over to Southern California to head the Men of Troy hoops team. He will coach his first season at USC this fall, and in his few short months in Troy he has assembled a supporting cast of assistant coaches with strong So Cal ties in Tony Bland from San Diego State and Jason Hart from Pepperdine. Enfield also brought his assistant coach from FGCU, Kevin Norris to USC.
In addition to Enfield, Trojan sprinter and 2012 Olympic silver medalist Bryshon Nellum will also in attendance at the ESPYs presenting the Gatorade High School Athlete Player of the Year award. Nellum himself won the Gatorade Track Athlete of the Year award in 2007, which was presented to him by Clippers All-Star Chris Paul.
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