USC Head Coach Andy Enfield Blasts UTEP’s Tim Floyd in Men’s Journal Article
When the December issue of Men’s Journal magazine hits newsstands, it will feature an article written by Stephen Rodrick profiling USC men’s basketball head coach Andy Enfield. After a great run at Florida Gulf Coast which included to a Sweet 16 appearance, Enfield left the Eagles to take over the basketball program at USC. Things got ugly before he ever coached a game in Southern California when UTEP head coach Tim Floyd accused Enfield of tampering with the Miners’ top 2013 recruit Isaac Hamilton. The McDonald’s All American decommitted from UTEP and eventually signed with UCLA (Hamilton is sitting out the 2013-14 season). In Men’s Journal, Enfield takes shots at both Floyd and El Paso.
“Tim Floyd shows up every day at work and realizes he lives in El Paso, Texas,” said Enfield. “And he’s pissed off that he didn’t get the USC job two months ago. I told him, ‘Tim, if I could have all this power to somehow convince a family to do this, why the heck didn’t the kid come last spring, when I first got the job?’”
Coach Floyd was not the only person Enfield decided to rip in the article. He also blasted Steve Alford, who left the University of New Mexico to become the new head coach at UCLA. “I don’t worry about them,” Enfield told Rodrick. “I’ve made it to one Sweet Sixteen in two years, and he’s made it to one Sweet Sixteen in 18 years.”
The article is a clear indication that USC hired a very cocky 44-year old head coach who was better known for having a trophy wife than he is for his basketball coaching skills. And judging from his comments on Floyd and Alford, Enfield has little to no respect for his coaching peers or the game of basketball. Ironically, both UTEP and USC will be in the Bahamas next week for the Battle of Atlantis Tournament. Unfortunately, they are on oppsoite ends of the tournament bracket, so the only way the Miners and Trojans will meet is if both schools advance to the championship game.