USC hires FGCU head coach Andy Enfield to be the schools new head coach. I did not see that coming...
Well, that didn't take very long, lol. Happy for Enfield though, if a guy wants greener pastures than he has the right to go after them. But this does set the blueprint for other mid-major coaches: Get in the Tourney, win 2 games, and you get your dream job.
For USC a very bold hire. He could turn out to be a great recruiter and be a good hire, but to hire a guy after only 2 big wins? We'll see
it's due to the up tempo style. if he was bo ryan jr. he'd never get a call. his team seemed well coached. i'd like to see him kill it.
I wish he would have went to UCLA,they always get more talent and would be coming to a pretty good group next year
UCLA would have to want him for that to happen.
But UCLA wanted steve alford instead? who had more talent and won less games in this years tourney? who has shown signs of futility as a coach? who hasn't won really anything? who is older? Enfield's the man...Hes not just a story - hes a heck of a coach
I would say talent level they were pretty close. Plus Florida gulf coast lost 11 games this year and went 15-17 just last season. I think you might be riding a little too high on those 2 tourny wins to suggest he has somehow established himself ahead of Alford who is a 3x mountain west coach of the year in just the last 5 seasons.
I would have stayed at FGCU just for that campus lol. USC is surrounded by the hood.
"Enfield, a former star player at the Division III level, is well plugged-in in NBA circles. He was a shooting coach with his own company and was also employed by the Milwaukee Bucks in that capacity. He also worked as an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics under some guy named Rick Pitino. Once he reimmersed in the college game, he became a highly regarded assistant coach at Florida State. Then he took over a fledgling Division I program in its first season of full eligibility, and in two seasons, won 41 games and made a Sweet 16 appearance. A number of the main characters in the Eagles’ magical run were in Enfield’s first class of recruits."
From this Sports Illustrated article it seems like Enfield was over qualified to be the FGCU coach and makes a lot more sense why USC would want him.
I didn't know about that long resume. He has some great experience. He's an intriguing coach- he's rather soft spoken and humble in interviews. Not quite the showman like Calipari and other major recruiters.
I'm interested to see what expectations USC has for their program though. They have a small history of getting good talent just because of the compeitition from other schools grabbing the blue chippers.
If you ask me, he could've done better than USC after reading that resume. USC is a football school all the way and theyre always gonna have trouble getting even local recruits to choose them over UCLA and Cal and UNLV and even Oregon. But I think its s pretty good deal for both parties.
I should have read your thread before I created one about this. But I wish he would have stayed at FGCU and turned that school around the way Shaka Smart has done with VCU. He took a chance on players that basically other schools didn't. I think he will turn USC around though in a positive way. With the type of game he likes his team to play and the notoriety he has recieved from the NCAA tournament, I wouldn't be surprised to see them start getting big time recrutis within the next few years and challenge UCLA
For those saying he should have stayed at FGCU, you really don't understand the difference between 125 K, and 1+ million, do you? I get money isn't everything, but he is exponentially multiplying his income with this move.
I don't think he should have stayed at FGCU, but if he was a little more patient I think he could've had a better gig. USC is like power conference college coaching hell.
His name was hot and I think he jumped at the first opportunity.
$1,000,000/year to coach basketball...why wait? What if FGCU sucks next year and his stock drops? He can live in Beverly Hills...just because the school is in the hood doesnt mean he has to necessarily LIVE in the hood