USC hired the hottest name to emerge from this year’s NCAA tournament, filling its coaching vacancy with Andy Enfield of Florida Gulf Coast University.
Prior to the start of the NCAAs, Enfield was perhaps best known outside Ft. Myers, Fla., as being married to a former Victoria’s Secret model.
But when his high-energy “Dunk City” team scored a pair of tournament upsets — including over No. 2 seed Georgetown — Enfield became a coaching star on the rise in just his second season at the school.
“Those in the basketball world have known of his abilities for a while,” said USC athletic director Pat Haden.
USC has long been considered something of a sleeping giant in hoops, but always has been overshadowed by rival UCLA … and it’s own football team.
Whether or not Enfield can change the formula, it’s certain his arrival will be interesting.
Enfield, 43, will be formally introduced on Wednesday. His hiring comes just days after UCLA hired Steve Alford from New Mexico.
ESPN.com’s Andy Katz reported Enfield signed a six-year deal with more than $1 million per. He earned $157,000 at FGCU.
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