Andy Enfield on The Tonight Show
The former Florida Gulf Coast University men’s basketball coach told funny stories. He patted Sheen on the back and said, “I heard he was fun to hang out with.” He blushed when Leno asked how he landed a former Victoria's Secret model as a wife.
But Enfield enjoyed the accolades Leno gave him and FGCU for the team’s NCAA tournament success. Enfield often referred to FGCU as "we" -- even though he was named the new coach at Southern California last week.
Enfield said FGCU’s Sweet 16 run was amazing, especially when most people didn’t think the Eagles would win a single game. He told Leno about his daughter picking the No. 15-seed Eagles to lose their second-round game against No. 2-seed Georgetown.
“My 7-year-old daughter Aila brought her bracket out and she had Georgetown in the slot,” Enfield said. “She said ‘Dad, I’m going to root for you but you can’t ruin my bracket.'”
Leno laughed and said, “She had all of her money on Georgetown.”
During most of the eight minute interview, which aired early Thursday morning, Enfield and Leno talked about FGCU’s NCAA tournament success and not Enfield’s new job at USC. They showed highlights of FGCU dunks by Chase Fieler, Eddie Murray and Eric McKnight.
“We are trying to bring Showtime back to Los Angeles,” Enfield said. “The Lakers had Showtime. We are trying to do this at USC. We are going to play this style now.”
Leno did start the interview asking, "where the hell is Florida Gulf Coast University?"
“How hard was it to recruit? Because it’s like F…G …It’s like W.T.F.? No one knew what it meant.” Leno asked.
Leno asked Enfield how hard it was to raise money for the basketball program considering the school has been around only 16 years and the oldest alumni were “like 35 years old.”
Enfield shared a story of his first alumni event at a Naples restaurant, where he went to raise money. The 43-year-old Enfield said there were about 50 people, all younger than him, in the crowd.
“I’m looking out in the crowd during my speech and I realize they were 25, 27, 32 year olds, those were our old alumni,” Enfield said. “So I took my hat off and said ‘let’s do the pass the hat.
“And we raised $72.”
Leno didn’t miss the opportunity to talk about Enfield’s wife, Amanda. He pulled out a copy of Maxim magazine with Amanda (Marcum) on the cover wearing a revealing bathing suit.
“Beautiful girl,” Leno said. “Keep this away from Charlie.”
Enfield laughed, patted Sheen on the back and said “I heard he’s fun to hang out with.”
Leno questioned how Enfield, “a very nice looking guy” ended up with a “spectacular” woman.
“All the guys are asking, how did this guy (get this girl)?” Leno joked.
“I’m an overachiever, I’m in the Hall of Fame, I’ve out kicked my coverage,” Enfield said about his status for marrying Amanda. “That’s all true. But she’s just a wonderful mother.”
Leno interrupted Enfield to say, “Is that what you thought when you saw this cover? Oh, what a wonderful mother.”
Enfield blushed. He laughed. He said basketball has been great to him and retold the now-famous story of how drove Amanda to a NCAA basketball tournament game and then took her on their first date to an NIT game and trip to Taco Bell.
Enfield said his first pick up line was “Amanda, do you want a burrito or a soft taco?”
Leno ended the interview by congratulating Enfield on landing the USC job.
Enfield gushed about the school and said he loves L.A.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am to be here,” Enfield said.