My main takeaway from his press conference had little to do with basketball. If there were a word I wouid use to describe my conversations with Enfield and his wife, Amanda, it would be “earnest.”
Why is that important? Because if USC basketball is going to flourish, it needed a people person in charge. Enfield comes across as honest, which is important because he needs players to believe in him and to want to play for him.
His wife received as much attention as he did the past couple weeks and she was thoughtful and humble in interviews. She said there was talk about doing a reality TV show and admitted, “it petrifies me.”
Asked if she were interested in an acting career in Los Angeles, she said she wasn’t sure yet. It would have been easy to say no but she was being honest.
If you think it is easy to convey humility, you should have tried talking to Pete Carroll’s wife. A Boston Globe reporter warned me she would be difficult before Carroll was even hired.
Whatever Andy Enfield does, I think he will be upfront with people and try to instill trust within the program. That is a good first step. Everything else, from recruiting to X’s and O’s, we’ll all just have to wait and see how it develops.