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USC Basketball Head Coach Andy Enfield Receives Two-Year Contract Extension

Mar 16, 2017; Tulsa, OK, USA; USC Trojans head coach Andy Enfield during practice at BOK Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 16, 2017; Tulsa, OK, USA; USC Trojans head coach Andy Enfield during practice at BOK Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports /
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USC basketball’s Andy Enfield received a two-year contract extension on Wednesday, locking the head coach in through 2023.

Fresh off one of the best seasons in USC basketball history in terms of total wins and a second-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, head coach Andy Enfield received a contract extension through the 2023 season.

“With Andy Enfield as our head coach, we have built consistency and stability in our men’s basketball program,” athletic director Lynn Swann said in a press release on Wednesday. “Extending Andy’s contract will allow that consistency and stability to continue. The record-setting season we just had is proof that Andy has established the USC program as an annual contender on the national level.”

Enfield’s original USC contract from 2013 was for six years. Last year, the Trojans added another two-years to that contract after making the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011, extending him through 2021.

After setting the USC basketball season record for wins with 26 during the 2016-17 season, Enfield once again received a reward for his efforts.

The Trojans find themselves in a similar, if not even better, situation than they were in after the finish of the 2015-16 season.

That year, USC was expected to take a big step forward after going to the Big Dance, but the unexpected NBA departures of Julian Jacobs and Nikola Jovanovic put a damper on the program’s trajectory, along with a number of other transfers.

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Despite the losses –and a two-month injury to star Bennie Boatwright — the Trojans were even stronger in 2016-17, going undefeated in non-conference play and winning 10 conference games.

Now, hopes are high for USC’s next season, with a strong core of talent which won two games in the NCAA Tournament — coming within seconds of a Sweet 16 place.

However, those hopes hinge on a change of fortune in the NBA marketplace with Boatwright and Chimezie Metu mulling their draft decisions.

Even so, Enfield has a strong recruiting class on the way featuring four-star prospects Charles O’Bannon Jr. and Jordan Usher. Duke transfer Derryck Thornton will also be eligible to suit up for the Trojans next season.

Things are looking up for Enfield’s program. And he’s got at least another six years to continue climbing.

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