In Maryland in search of its next basketball head coach, USC Andy Enfield was cited as a potential candidate. Enfield directly addressed these reports in an interview on Sirius XM Radio.
Enfield is in his ninth season with the Trojans, but some have speculated he’s interested in the vacancy at Maryland. Asked about the idea of him coaching the Terrapins, Enfield dismissed it as chatter on message boards and social media.
“It’s just part of the business,” Enfield said. “It’s an honor to be mentioned in other places. It’s not the schools. It’s just people on message boards, media, etc., because you’re doing well wherever you are. It’s a credit to our coaching staff and our players, because we’ve built something hard to do here. Same thing on the Gulf Coast of Florida. These players were special. A head coach is only as good as the staff you hire and work with every day, and then your players. We don’t watch distractions. It’s sometimes flattering, but at the same time, it can be distracting if you let it. We are so focused on what we do. I don’t read forums. I’m not on social media, and I’m not even on Twitter. I’m very isolated from some of the things you might think. I came this morning and watched three hours of video from Washington. What happens in the outside world, I don’t see it like most people. We’re just trying to stay focused and do what we have to do to try to win games here at USC.
In a recent Maryland coaching search (VIP) update, Jeff Ermann of InsideMDSports signaled that there may be genuine interest from Enfield. For the full update, click HERE.
“That could include the USC coach Andy Enfield, who is supposedly strongly interested in the position,” writes Ermann. “His interest seems genuine, but you can never be sure in those situations, especially one like Enfield where he’s at odds with his sporting director.”
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Enfield spent two seasons as head coach at Florida Gulf Coast, and in 2013 his team won the Atlantic Sun Championship and made a Cinderella run to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament. Enfield was hired by USC after that run, and he currently owns a 178-114 record with the Trojans. Enfield has taken USC to the NCAA Tournament three times, including an Elite Eight run in 2021.