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One thing is clear about FGCU: They simply have fun

Mar 27, 2013, 7:52 PM EDT

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Much can be said about Florida Gulf Coast, the No. 15 seed that has shocked the college basketball world by beating Georgetown and San Diego State to advance to the Sweet 16.

One could talk about its coach, Andy Enfield, a former investor with a supermodel wife who has high-major abuzz as a possibility to fill a coaching vacancy. One could talk about Brett Comer, the point guard who has battled through the loss of his father to be the orchestrator of this entire offensive operation. Or one could talk about Sherwood Brown, the conference player of the year who shook hands with broadcasters at the end of FGCU’s wins.

But the one overriding theme that we’ve seen in both of the Eagles’ victories is that this is undoubtedly the most fun and free team in this NCAA tournament. As Joe Posnanski writes, this team never appears inhibited by coaching or ground to a halt by a desire to slow the game down and limit the innate creativity of these two performances.

Much credit goes to Enfield, who wouldn’t be coaching a team that is famed to be located in “Dunk City, Florida” if he had over-coached and micromanaged every aspect of his team’s run so far.

Posnanski likens the approach many other teams take to a boss watching over your shoulder while you work, ” second guessing every move, pointing out different possibilities, grumbling when you do something wrong.” That’s not Enfield’s approach, but that doesn’t mean it’s not for every team.

Some teams flourish under that type of system. But Florida Gulf Coast doesn’t need that from Enfield, and it’s darn fun to watch because of it.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. wwttww - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Gators by double digits.

  2. pointspecial - Mar 27, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    I have no issues with Enfield… but he didn’t bring in any of these players. These players were brought in by his predecessor Dave Balza, who got fired right before FGCU became eligible for post-season play. Enfield has been paid more and given significantly more than Balza ever had, yet Balza was able to construct this team… and Enfield has reaped the benefits.

    Make sure to tell the WHOLE story of FGCU.

  3. longtallsam - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Didn’t he recruit the sophs and freshmen that are on the team? Comer is a sophomore.

  4. jcmeyer10 - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    All in all, this is a wholly refreshing story to the usual antics of the high profile programs that are more like a business than a sports team.

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