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Andy Enfield hire is accepted by USC recruits says commit Kahlil Dukes

Apr 2, 2013, 12:34 AM EDT

Florida Gulf Coast Eagles coach Enfield shouts instructions to his players during their win over the San Diego State Aztecs in their third round NCAA tournament game in Philadelphia Pennsylvania Reuters

After taking the first No. 15 seed to the Sweet 16 for the first time in NCAA tournament history, Andy Enfield became a big name for college coaching vacancies. Monday night, the Florida Gulf Coast head coach reportedly accepted a position as the head coach of the University of Southern California.

USC fired head coach Kevin O’Neill was fired in January, but the veteran coach had already locked up a four-commit class that includes guards Julian Jacobs and Kahlil Dukes along with forwards Roschon Prince and Nikola Jovanovic. According to one commit, bringing Dunk City to Southern Cal is fine with him.

“I’m excited about it,” Dukes said in a phone interview on Monday night. “I’m speaking to everybody in the class right now about it. They’re excited about it too.”

Dukes, a 5-foot-11 guard from Capital Prep in Hartford, Conn. had followed the Dunk City phenomenon only in bits and pieces. He was offered and accepted a scholarship after impressing the USC coaching staff with his scoring ability this summer. Dukes, like many was surprised, but excited at the chance to play for Enfield.

“It never really crossed my mind that it’d be him,” Dukes said of the hire.

The New Englander believes that this class will have no problem fitting the face-paced style Florida Gulf Coast ran in Enfield’s two seasons with the Eagles. At under 6-feet, Dukes may not be on the receiving end of those highlight-reel alley oops, but he thinks that he and Jacobs can thrive in this style of play, like point guard Brett Comer did in the NCAA tournament this season as a sophomore.

“Julian works hard and he’s an uptempo player, so he’ll fit right in,” Dukes said. “I think the uptempo offense will fit in fine with us.”

The decision to hire Enfield was reported late on the east coast, and Dukes, who has been in contact with the USC athletic department throughout this season isn’t sure when he will be able to get a chance to talk to his new head coach.

“I’m guessing tomorrow, but I’m not really sure,” the USC commit said.

It’s uncertain what connections Enfield has to California and the rest of the west coast, but he’s off to a good start with the support of the Class of 2013.

The Trojans finished 14-18 (9-9 Pac-12) during the 2012-2013 season.

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  1. trapshoot - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    A very interesting choice for USC.

  2. skoobyfl - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:08 AM

    Funny how he waited this long before announcing his plans from several weeks ago. Multi-Millionaire don’t leave S. FL for CA to take a job either, they come here for the beauty / tax haven to protect their wealth (see Tiger Woods). That hokey story about him not needing the money is obviously false, he’s a working class guy pail & shovel in his hand.

    Good luck with 53% in taxes, mudslides & earthquakes, your average daily temperature just dropped 12 degrees as well. One other thing, don’t be trying to keep a domicile here in FL for tax reasons. People will be checking the homestead exemptions & calling the fraud lines at the state / federal level, just to make sure you get your first big break.

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 2, 2013 at 7:00 AM

      what the heck is wrong with you moron?
      he did what any coach would have done.
      get lost!

  3. fnc111 - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    skooby = loser … This move has nothing to do with money and has everything to do with getting a better job in the same kind of climate where he can win consistently. He will get better recruits now.

  4. skoobyfl - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    All these opinions coming from people living in a snowbank. It’s 60 degress today at USC with 13% taxes added on federal, 80 degrees in S. FL with 0% state taxes. Where would it be better for a supposed multi-millionaire to have income from his current money ?? This guy left for money, which means he didn’t have enough to live in SW FL.

  5. skoobyfl - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    The crime rate here in SW FL is near zero, in the LA area it’s a big city nightmare. So you get taxed to death, a potential for a major earthquake to shatter your house at any moment & big crime rates. Wow, sign me up. I don’t like hearing about a coaches supposed wealth & virtues, all to see him chase an extra dollar.

    I wish him nothing but what he deserves, a dose of reality that he’s broke & couldn’t hang here in SW FL. Off to new grounds to chase a chance at a dollar that has obviously elduded him in the past, regardless of his dream claims of being wealthy. Just admit that you’re broke & needed the money, then I can understand why a dreamer would move on. Wealthy people don’t leave SW FL, they come here.

  6. helinhater - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Hahah Skooby you sound like a psycho.

    The guy isn’t broke. Everyone, and I do mean EVERYONE, would leave the Gulf Coast of Florida to go anywhere major, let alone for 10X their current pay.

    By the way, according to this, Fort Myers has more crime than Los Angeles. http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/fl/fort-myers/crime/
    http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/ca/los-angeles/crime/

    Again, how you take someone accepting a position that pays 10 TIMES what they make elsewhere as a sign that they are broke seems like the most ignorant thought process ever. It’s lazy. That’s like saying a guy who gets divorced from his fat wife and remarries a supermodel is clearly impotent. It’s logic that only works in, you guessed it, Florida…One of the most embarrassing states in America.

    Also, wealthy people dont come to Florida. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_highest-income_places_in_the_United_States

    Number of places by state in the top 100: California 23, Florida 9

    And would you look at this Skooby? http://www.facethefactsusa.org/facts/east-coast-west-coast-where-money-lives/

    In summary – you’re an idiot. For whatever reason, you feel jilted. I assume you’re an FGCU fan or alum, which means you should be eternally grateful to Enfield for putting your school on the map and increasing the value of your degree (if you have one, a stretch for Florida, I know). Make no mistake Skooby, Enfield’s coaching will result in the degrees of every FGCU alum being worth more than a school of that stature should be.

    So, let’s not make stupid, low-hanging fruit conclusions about why a guy would leave a mediocre Atlantic Sun program on the Gulf Coast of Florida for the chance to coach in the Pac-12, in a nice arena, recruiting some of the best players in America, living in an ACTUAL metropolitan location with things to do year round, and, oh yeah, making 10 times what he made in Fort Myers.

    Good try though.

  7. skoobyfl - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Let me guess, you live in MN??

  8. pac12fan - Jan 21, 2014 at 3:18 AM

    USC’s decision to hire Enfield was a mistake.

    This guy took all the credit for the hard work of the athletic department at Fla Gulf Coast and the hard work of their players who actually play with some heart. Fla Gulf Coast’s athletic track record is impressive for a school who opened its doors under 20 years ago. They seem to excel at Soccer, Baseball, Swimming, Volleyball and of course Basketball. Time will speak for itself, but then again time has proved USC basketball program is in desperate need of new management. As of now, Its mid season and USC has lost every single conference game.

    Think about it, was it smart to hire a third year coach to play against Pac12 teams? He has 2 years of coaching experience. He was at FGCU for 2 years, played 2 NCAA games and somehow USC thought is would be a smart idea to hire him. They probably should’ve done what Florida Gulf Coast University did and hire someone like Joe Dooley, a top assistant coach with years under his belt from a prominent basketball program (University of Kansas). I have to give it up for Fla Gulf Coast, they got the upper hand on this one.

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