USC coach Andy Enfield made a quick rise to fame a year ago, taking 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast from a potential one and done to Cinderella Sweetheart in the NCAA tournament. Their unprecedented run quickly gained the attention of the college basketball world, and eventually landed Enfield the headed coaching gig with the Trojans.
And, while Enfield's rise to college basketball fame was extremely quick, it wasn't nearly as quick as his fall to classless in the minds of many UTEP fans. That is because in the December 2013 issue of Men's Journal, the magazine puts out a pretty detailed article about the new life of Enfield, and even recounts a luncheon that took place with many USC boosters.
At that luncheon, somehow through questions of recruiting, arose the infamous Isaac Hamilton situation, as did the thoughts of the reported claims of potential tampering, to which Enfield responded:
"Tim Floyd shows up every day at work and realizes he lives in El Paso, Texas," said Enfield. "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?'"
Although Enfield likely never thought that his comments would make it out of that room, much less be blown up on Twitter, they have, and its drawn the ire of many UTEP fans.
Of course, this isn't the first time USC coaches or players have taken shots at UTEP or El Paso, as its become quite commonplace, but this here definitely shows a complete lack of class from the Trojan coach.
Who knows, maybe Enfield didn't tamper with Isaac Hamilton's recruitment. Or, maybe he did. That we'll never really know. But, what we do know, is that these words here have just added fuel to a recruiting fire that is likely to continue for the coming years.
Will the two schools be able to settle it on the court? Probably not. We all know coach Floyd has been working hard to schedule PAC-12 schools, but for the mostpart those have been the relevant ones like Oregon and Arizona.
Its highly unlikely that after all that has transpired, that the two coaches would work out an agreement to actually face each other in any regular season games. Although, it would be very interesting.
Still though, even if they don't, there's the possibility the two could meet in next week's Battle For Atlantis tournament. Its not very likely, but hey, we'll keep our fingers crossed.