First Impressions Of USC Basketball Coach Andy (And Amanda) Enfield

No one really has a clue whether Andy Enfield will succeed or fail as USC’s basketball coach. It’s all conjecture at this point.

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.

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  • TrojanFamily

    This is the honeymoon Wolf will give Enfield as a hire. Expect a snarky troll comment by the late afternoon

    • MichiganTrojan

      His “conversation” was hollering a question at him amidst a group of other reporters too. “Scott Wolf man on the beat”.

  • gillyking

    I think this is a great start to build the hoops program here. The heaviest of hitters in the NCAA hoops world wouldn’t give USC a second look because of the lack of respect nationally, thanks in most part to the most recent couple of decades in ineptitude.
    Enfield has a chance to build this and it could certainly become a great hire if he can pull it off.
    I give him max respect and full support to get it going. Fight On, this is a good thing,
    My only regret is that Reggie Theus could have also done a great job here.

  • Golden Trojan

    Great job Wolf! They sound like people of character which is badly needed, frankly at SC athletics. Good job Haden for making the hire. I hope it works. Next Women’s hoops and Baseball. Let’s hope Haden gets Kiffin’s act together or we have a character guy next year.
    PS: the reality show was an idea I threw out there earlier this week. Think of the possibilities “Coaches Wives Club” with Amanda and Layla!

  • Emmit Jones

    A Good report. All the best to Coach Enfield and his family. Enfield’s got the “right stuff” . Coach will do just fine! Honesty, humility and “earnest” are character qualities that money can not ever buy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/BoscoH Brad Hutchings

    After the interview, Enfield took Scott out to Del Taco, and he was sold.

  • http://www.facebook.com/charles.bucket.3 Charles Bucket

    sounds like a nice kid. wolfman, you certainly have a way with the ladies, you smooth talking devil, you!!!

    i take back my comment about her having legs like pool cues. if the wolfman says she ok, then she’s the tops with the Cadre!!

    so good luck you kids!! (so long as your interests do not conflict with mine)

    i just think hanging around this blog with all the negative Nabobs/Dummies has taken it’s toll on my humanity. the C-Buck of 3 yrs ago wouldda never made such a mean spirited observation!

    thanks for nothing, Dummies!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ben-Doverz/1423558008 Ben Doverz

      At last our coaches have hot wives, the coaching trolls in westwood look like they got their mates at the zoo

      • http://4chan.org/ m00t

        Some of the trolls in westwood did get their mates at the zoo.

        • ThaiMex

          same place you find your knuckle dragging basketbawl players?
          fit on torgan

          • http://4chan.org/ m00t

            So you’re not refuting my statement? Good. The first step is admitting it. I learned that from KO.

          • TrojanFamily

            Except Chuckles’ only mates are his threesome partners, Handrea and Palmela.

      • ThaiMex

        Your coaches get Hot Wives….at U-C-L-A our coaches get National Championships..

        • TrojanFamily

          When? 1975?

          • TrojanFan

            It may take him awhile to respond. the archives go way back

        • Bill

          1995 and it was sooner than SuC won a National Championship in football!

          • TrojanFan

            Bill, please do your homework, you’re looking like a stupid idiot

            Please stick to the cartoons

      • Bill

        Kitten’s wife is a rent-a-wife! Someone had to offset having to look at Monte Kiffin all day!

        • TrojanFamily

          Wow. You just beat Chuckles the Clown for dumbest post in this thread. Congrats!

    • TrojanFan

      Go put your head back in the hole, shlt is starting to flow out of it again

  • Bill

    Enfield went from Dunk City USA to Drunk City USA! Bar Brawl On!

    • TrojanFamily

      Your trolling is really quite subpar.