Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel is reporting that a deal between USC and Andy Enfield is imminent after the university made the Florida Gulf Coast coach its top candidate for the vacant head coaching position with their men’s basketball team. Enfield would replace long-time USC assistant Bob Cantu, who was acting on an interim basis after Kevin O’Neil was fired 17 games into the 2012/2013 season.
Enfield led the Cinderella FGCU squad – the tournament darlings – to the Sweet 16 of this year’s NCAA Tournament after pulling off one of the biggest upsets in tournament history, beating Georgetown 78–68 in the first round. It was only the seventh time that a 15-seed had managed to defeat a 2-seed. Enfield then became the first head coach to lead a 15-seed to the Round of 16, when his Eagles upset San Diego State by the score of 81–71.
It’s been an especially impressive season for FGCU, considering that the school only began competing at the NCAA Division I level in 2011.
Prior to becoming head coach of FGCU, Enfield acted as an assistant coach under Leondard Hamilton at Florida State. He also has extensive experience working with NBA players as an independent shooting consultant, and as a shooting coach with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Boston Celtics.