USC Basketball: Andy Enfield Pulls No Punches; Critical of Tim Floyd and Steve Alford

Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

In his first season with USC, Andy Enfield has the Trojans off to a 4-1 start.  It’s the Trojans best start since they opened the 2007-2008 season 6-1.

Enfield’s up-temp offensive success at Florida Gulf Coast University hasn’t quite transferred over to USC, as the Trojans are averaging just over 75 points per game.

Their offensive production figures to take a hit with news that J.T. Terrell has been lost for at least the next six games.

Coaching a team at a university that has had limited basketball success, particularly when compared to crosstown rival UCLA, Enfield has generated a buzz for the wrong reasons.

In a Men’s Journal feature, it was revealed Enfield had poignant remarks about former USC coach Tim Floyd, and UCLA coach Steve Alford.

In July, Floyd accused Enfield of tampering with prized recruit Isaac Hamilton, who was once committed to play basketball at UTEP.  Hamilton informed Floyd he wouldn’t enroll at UTEP, and Flyod cast his target on Enfield.

While speaking at a USC booster’s lunch, Enfield said, “Tim Floyd shows up every day at work  and realizes he lives in El Paso, Texas.  And he’s pissed off that he didn’t get the USC job two months ago.”

Enfield denies any misconduct with Hamilton, who ultimately enrolled at UCLA.

Not stopping there, when asked about competing with UCLA, Enfield said, “I’m not worried about them.  I’ve made it to one Sweet Sixteen in two years, and he’s made it to one Sweet Sixteen in 18 years.”

As expected, the remarks went over well at the booster-laden event.

Enfield was presumably hired to build a buzz for the USC basketball program, and take them to levels previously unseen.

However, his recent comments come as disappointment because despite his magical run last season with FGCU, Enfield doesn’t possess a history of sustained success.

When Enfield was hired, the hope was he would turn the basketball program around and garner attention for the right reasons.

Trojan fans may not want to hear it, but above all else, the comments are similar to Lane Kiffin’s actions when he was first hired at Tennessee.

Needing to excite the fan base is understandable, but doing so with on-court success would be much preferred.

Topics: USC Basketball, USC Trojans

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  • kevrmoore

    It was a boosters event for f”s sake!!! Coaches fire up the boosters. That’s what you do. Who is the jackass reporter who sneaked into the booster lunch anyway?

    • Matthew Moreno

      I understand the concept behind a boosters event. However, I think things could have been said in a better manner (primarily the comments about Tim Floyd).

      The reporter didn’t sneak in. He was shadowing Enfield to write the feature.

  • Rickey

    I don’t think the comment were too out of line, only for the people who live in El Paso. But I would like Coach Enfield to talk some trash to Miller the Arizone coach for taking a prized Southern California recruit. Start standing up to them and how that won’t go down anymore is what I would like to see.

    • Matthew Moreno

      It’s kind of difficult to stand up to Arizona when a lot of recruits are choosing to go there.

      Enfield saying it won’t happen anymore, and actually keeping it from happening, are two very different things. At least for now.

  • James Winter

    doesn’t bother me a bit. we’re winning…unlike Kiffin…who wasn’t winning..Enfield may not have the pedigree yet..but he is young and going to the sweet 16 and then getting hired on at SC….not too shabby…that said…I have no doubt that SC BB will warm up…first test remains whether we can beat Villanova and then Dayton..if we can beat those two teams, I will cast my line back in the water…I am excited to see USC be as successful in BB as it is in FB and it is overdue for USC to be in the mix when it comes to BB. We’re in downtown LA after all…what is lacking? WINS! If in 2-3 years we continually go to the sweet 16-Elite 8…the fans will fill the Galen Center much like the Coliseum..let’s be patient..it will happen and probably quicker than we think!

    • Matthew Moreno

      Yes, USC is “winning”, but the season is only five games in. Should they end up struggling, people won’t remember the winning at the beginning of the season.

      I do agree with your wait and see approach. The next seven games could prove a lot… One way or the other.

    • http://fansided.com/ Michael Castillo

      Does beating West Alabama, Northern Arizona and Cal State Fullerton really qualify as “winning” at USC? I mean, I know that expectations need to be curbed from the outrageous ones placed on Enfield, but it’s not exactly like he’s beaten anyone without the slightest bit of quality.

      • Matthew Moreno

        He’ll have a tough time against the Dirtbags of LBSU/CSULB

      • James Winter

        could be worse…he could have lost those games…that is what O’Neill was all about…

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  • Bill Allen

    Enfield shouldn’t rip Floyd. He was Cinderella in last year’s tournament. Floyd took USC to the tournament three years in a row, which had never been done previously. Garrett threw Floyd under the bus. Who really thinks Floyd would risk his career and the program by paying Mayo $1,000 to come to USC? UTEP (formerly Texas Western College), who has won more national championships in basketball than USC, was the clear winner here.

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