Well, Andy Enfield has definitely made Los Angeles college basketball a lot more interesting.
Last month, the first-year USC coach quipped in practice that anyone who wanted to play slow could head to UCLA.
For the record, the Bruins are currently ranked 50th nationally in adjusted tempo, according to kenpom.com. The Trojans are 172nd.
A new profile in Men’s Journal featured more biting one-liners from the 44-year-old.
At a lunch with boosters, he was asked about his recent tiff with former Trojans coach Tim Floyd, who accused Enfield of tampering with then-UTEP signee Isaac Hamilton.
“Tim Floyd shows up every day at work and realizes he lives in El Paso, Texas,” Enfield told them. “And he’s pissed off that he didn’t get the USC job two months ago. I told him, ‘Tim, if I could have all this power to somehow convince a family to do this, why the heck didn’t the kid come last spring, when I first got the job?’”
Asked about competing with UCLA, he said: “I don’t worry about them. I’ve made it to one Sweet Sixteen in two years, and he’s made it to one Sweet Sixteen in 18 years.”
The “play slow” comments, Enfield said, were not meant for national consumption — merely something he said sarcastically to motivate his players. These latest ones were used to fire up donors, but also took place in front of a reporter he had invited.
Enfield isn’t stupid, so he most likely thinks generating buzz is worth any PR blacklash at this point. Given how measured and guarded coaches often are, it’s sort of refreshing.