Florida Gulf Coast’s improbable trip to the Sweet 16 put the school on the map and put coach Andy Enfield in the spotlight. Now Enfield is taking his uptempo style to the Pac-12 as the new coach at Southern Cal.
USC athletic director Pat Haden announced the hire on the school’s athletics website, calling Enfield “an excellent fit” for the program. The USC Twitter account posted a message saying, “Please welcome Andy Enfield (@CoachEnfield) to the #TrojanFamily as the new head coach of @USC_Hoops. #DunkCityUSC.”
Contract terms were not announced but ESPN reported it is a six-year deal. An introductory press conference is expected on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Under the 43-year-old Enfield, Florida Gulf Coast became the first No. 15 seed to win two games in an NCAA Tournament. The Eagles’ high-flying attack drew national attention to a program that didn’t even become tournament-eligible until two years ago. Florida Gulf Coast won a school-record 26 games this season.
“I know the program will continue to soar,” Enfield said.
Enfield spent five seasons as an assistant at Florida State before taking over at Florida Gulf Coast in 2012.
Ware in good spirits
Kevin Ware is already up and walking, and he’s got a nice souvenir to keep him company until he’s cleared to return to Louisville.
Cardinals coach Rick Pitino brought the Midwest Regional championship trophy when he visited Ware, the sophomore guard who remains hospitalized in Indianapolis after surgery to repair a gruesome fracture in his leg.
‘‘He was real excited about [the trophy],’’ Pitino said after visiting Ware again Monday morning. ‘‘I said to him, ‘You want me to bring it back or stay with you?’ He said, ‘It’s staying with me.’ I said, ‘All right, just make sure you don’t lose it.’ ’’
Ware’s right leg snapped in the first half of Sunday’s regional final against Duke when he landed awkwardly after trying to contest a 3-point shot in a game played at Lucas Oil Stadium. During a two-hour surgery Sunday night, doctors reset Ware’s broken tibia and inserted a rod into the bone. Because the bone broke through the skin, Pitino said doctors are monitoring Ware to make sure no infection develops. If there are no complications, he should be released on Tuesday.
The Cardinals plan to leave for the Final Four in Atlanta on Wednesday night, and Pitino said they expect to have Ware with them. Ware is originally from New York City, but he moved to the Atlanta area before high school.
Pitino said he expects Ware “to make a full recovery.’’
Smith to Texas Tech
Tubby Smith agreed to terms with Texas Tech to be its next coach, a person with knowledge of the deal told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because an official announcement has not been made. Athletic department spokesman Blayne Beal said there was no agreement in place.
Interim coach Chris Walker went 11-20 this season and 3-15 in Big 12 play as the program tried to recover from Billy Gillispie’s volatile one-year tenure.
Smith, 61, was fired by Minnesota last week after six seasons. He led the school to three NCAA Tournaments and this year delivered the program’s first tourney win — over sixth-seeded UCLA — since 1997. He went 124-81, but he never finished higher than sixth in the Big Ten.
Creighton forward Doug McDermott became the 51st player to make the AP All-America first team in consecutive seasons. Michigan guard Trey Burke and forward Otto Porter Jr. of Georgetown tied as the leading vote-getters for the first team, while guard Victor Oladipo of Indiana and center Kelly Olynyk of Gonzaga were the other players selected.
Freshman guard Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State, who got 11 first-team votes, was joined on the second team by forward Mason Plumlee of Duke, center Cody Zeller of Indiana, and guards Shane Larkin of Miami and freshman Ben McLemore of Kansas. The third team was Kansas center Jeff Withey, guards Erick Green of Virginia Tech, Nate Wolters of South Dakota State, and Russ Smith of Louisville, and Ohio State forward DeShaun Thomas.
On their way out
North Carolina State forward C.J. Leslie announced he is skipping his final season and entering the NBA draft. . . Archie Goodwin is leaving Kentucky early for the NBA but Willie Cauley-Stein and Kyle Wiltjer will be back next season, coach John Calipari said . . . The Pac-12 Conference said coordinator of officials Ed Rush was joking when he told officials to target Arizona coach Sean Miller during internal meetings before the conference tournament. Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said the conference investigated a CBSSports.com report that Rush offered a group of officials $5,000 or a trip to Cancun if they hit Miller with a technical foul or ejected him during the tournament. It concluded that Rush was not serious in offering the incentives. Miller was hit with a technical foul during the Pac-12 semifinals; Arizona lost by 2 and Miller went on a memorable postgame rant about the technical foul. That cost him a $25,000 fine from the Pac-12.