Andy Enfield Stepping Into Much Brighter Spotlight With USC Trojans
College basketball is no different than the rest of the world. Everyone wants a quick fix and the what-have-you-done-for-me mentality reigns supreme.
So when USC hired Andy Enfield — or when Enfield bolted for USC — depending on how you want to look at it, it didn’t surprise me at all. You just knew that magical run Florida Gulf Coast made in the NCAA tournament sure as heck wasn’t going to end with Enfield sticking around to see what he could do next season. Someone was going to snag him. It turned out to be USC, which is banking on Enfield to work some of his magic for the Trojans.
I don’t blame Enfield for leaving. How can you? He had to strike while the iron was white-hot, and if there was ever a time to do that, this was it. There is no guarantee he ever takes Florida Gulf Coast that deep into the tournament again.
But there is also no guarantee that he is the answer for the Trojans. I don’t doubt that Enfield can coach. You don’t get to within striking distance of the Final Four by accident regardless of what anyone thinks. Enfield is the current flavor of the week in college hoops. He is the coach everyone wants running their program. The Trojans looked at him and figured if he can win at Florida Gulf Coast, he can certainly win at a high-profile school such as USC.
Of course, that is the kicker to it all. USC will expect more and the lights will be a lot brighter. For Enfield’s sake, he better hope he can handle the spotlight.
Brian Lester is a college basketball writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @BLester1993.