Basketball: USC hires Dunk City’s Andy Enfield

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.

Here’s more on the story.

Jeff Faraudo

  • The Wisdom Cow

    A dot-com millionaire,

    An amazing out-of-nowhere NCAA run as a #15 seed,

    A Victoria Secret model wife,

    And just hired by U$C.

    I’m betting his agent is Louis Cypher.

  • Bob

    Great Angel Heart reference Wisdom. I gotta say it scares me to have this guy at SC. He seems like the type who could really tap into all the potential they have as a basketball school. Hopefully Sonny starts beating them in football.

  • bearable

    If anything, opposing players will check out his wife, and forget what they’re there for.

  • milo

    If nothing else this is going to be interesting. A high flying team in the Pac should be entertaining. Should be great to watch $C go up against good coaching, like Monty.

    re: his wife, she’s attractive but there’s thousands of actress/models in LA who are more attractive, more talented, more willing.

  • wehofx

    A Gordon committed to zona. they could be really, really good next year.

    w add of dunk city coach, pac 12 should continue journey back to national relevance and, at the very least, be a lotta fun to watch.

  • discdude

    If this hire doesn’t work out (I don’t really know, but have any SC hoops hires worked?), Haden will be judged on hiring a guy who, had he not won those 2 games, wouldn’t even have been mentioned. Time will tell.

  • milo

    Hmmm…methinks $C is going to be conflicted on Dunk City given it’s currently Punk City, Lame Kitten head punk.