It’s been a heck of a few months for new USC men’s basketball coach Andy Enfield. In March he was guiding 15th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament. Just days later, he accepted the position at USC, moving his family from one beach city to another. Last week at the ESPYs, he answered questions about the move and seeing his old team, which won the award for Best Upset.
ThePostGame: I have to ask you the question up front: Is it the West Coast or East Coast that’s better?
ANDY ENFIELD: Well. I like 'em both. I left the beach in Fort Myers/Naples, and we have other beaches out here. I love warm weather, love the beaches, and my family absolutely loves Los Angeles, so we’re just happy to be here.
TPG: How has it been so far living in L.A. and getting to know the USC players?
ENFIELD: Well, USC has a great tradition. It’s an amazing school. It’s a top 25 academic institution with unbelievable athletic facilities, so whenever you have that type of school and the support and an athletic director like Pat Haden, there’s no excuse for us not to be great at basketball. We’re looking to build a program and go to the Final Four and compete for a national championship.
TPG: Some of your former team members from Florida Gulf Coast are here today [at the ESPYs]. Have you seen any of them yet?
ENFIELD: Oh, sure. We saw them today. My family saw them – it’s a nice reunion. It’s a little ironic that the Nokia Theater is only a mile from [the USC] campus, so it was a pretty easy commute to get here.
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