USC Hires Florida Gulf Coast Coach Andy Enfield

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistMarch 30, 2013

ARLINGTON, TX - MARCH 29:  Head coach Andy Enfield of the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles reacts in the first half against the Florida Gators during the South Regional Semifinal round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Dallas Cowboys Stadium on March 29, 2013 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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It didn't take long for Florida Gulf Coast basketball coach Andy Enfield to wind up on a major program's radar. According to Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports, USC is targeting Enfield to fill its head coaching vacancy. 


UPDATE: Monday, April 1, at 11:32 p.m. ET by Richard Langford 

Well, this certainly moved fast. Andy Enfield is the new coach of the USC Trojans. Check out the tweet from the happy university:

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UPDATE: Monday, April 1, at 11:08 p.m. ET by Richard Langford 

Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel, using information from "a source with knowledge of the situation," reported that Enfield is indeed the Trojans "top candidate."  

Moreover, according to Thamel, these two sides are already talking and "a deal is expected to be finished soon."

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Enfield is among college basketball's hottest names right now. After watching his Florida Gulf Coast Eagles make history during a run into the Sweet 16 as a No. 15 seed, he's sure to be on the top of plenty of athletic directors' wish lists. 

Enfield has been the team's head coach for their only two seasons as a full-fledged Division I basketball program. He has gone 41-27 in those two years, including this year's improbable run to the Sweet 16.

Enfield may boast only one winning season as a head coach (the Eagles finished 15-17 last season), but he has the NBA experience that USC has traditionally sought in a head coach. He has spent time as an assistant coach with both the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics.

USC fired former head coach Kevin O'Neill in January while the Trojans were just 7-10. They finished the season at 14-18.

USC hasn't made it past the round of 64 in the NCAA tournament since 2009. That was in Tim Floyd's last season as head coach. 

According to Wetzel's report, the Trojans brass are not only impressed with Enfield's success in this year's tournament but are intrigued by his up-tempo system. The Eagles' impressive run was marked by their fast-paced up-and-down style that overwhelmed teams. 

If the Trojans get their man, Los Angeles may become Dunk City West.