USC Trojans Eyeing Florida Gulf Coast Coach Andy Enfield
According to various reports circling the Internet, Florida Gulf Coast Eagles coach Andy Enfield is the apple of the USC Trojans‘ eye. Apparently USC has contacted Enfeild about his interest level in the position as soon as his Eagles were eliminated from their magical NCAA Tournament run.
The Trojans have already been turned down by several potential coaching candidates. Before Enfield’s name popped up, some other names rumored to be in the mix were Jamie Dixon, Josh Pastner and even Tubby Smith. All but Smith, however, have inked long-term extensions with their current programs.
Another name that is being thrown around, as only a rumor mind you, is former UCLA Bruin coach Ben Howland. How ironic and awesome would it be for Howland to take over another California program? If he were to turn it around, while UCLA rebuilds under Steve Alford, it would end up being an amazing twist and potential story of the year for next season.
Still, it seems like USC would really like to scoop up Enfield. FGCU pays the gap-toothed coach under $200,000 a year while USC is willing to pay $2 million per season. The buyout alone would be found in the Trojans’ sofa cushions.
USC has thus far interviewed Mike Hopkins and Tim Floyd. Hopkins is a lifelong Syracuse Orange coach and many expect him to stay to take over that program when his grumpy boss retires. Floyd, on the other hand, is not considered a serious candidate Whether that was due from the world making fun of USC for interviewing him is unknown.
Enfield has stated that he has not even had time to think over the matter and really did not discuss the possibility. USC would like to name their new head coach by the end of next week.
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