Reports: USC, Minnesota bidding to lure Andy Enfield from FGCU

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FGCU coach Andy Enfield makes his way over to his family while his players prepare for their game against Florida at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX on Thursday March 28, 2013.

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Scott McIntyre/Staff FGCU coach Andy Enfield makes his way over to his family while his players prepare for their game against Florida at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX on Thursday March 28, 2013.

It didn’t take long before people started talking about head coach Andy Enfield leaving Florida Gulf Coast University.

Hours after his basketball team’s remarkable run in the NCAA tournament ended, the architect of Dunk City is a hot commodity, according to several news agencies.

The 43-year-old, who led the Eagles to the Sweet 16 it their first NCAA appearance, is being linked to coaching vacancies at the USC (University of Southern California) and the University of Minnesota.

“Anytime you are succesful in this business, it’s just natural,” Enfield said Saturday evening after the Eagles returned to campus. “My personal life and my family’s personal life has been under such scrutiny the last week, week and a half, that we just want to take a break, take a deep breath, realize what our team did for this university and this community, and we’ll go from there in the next few days.”

Yahoo! Sports' Dan Wetzel is reporting that USC is targeting Enfield, who guided the Eagles to an A-Sun Championship and a 26-11 record this past season. The Eagles became the first 15th seed to make the Sweet 16, then lost to Florida, 62-50, on Friday night in Arlington, Texas.

Wetzel reports USC is intrigued by not only his success and potential, but his preferred uptempo style of play. USC fired head coach Kevin O’Neill in January and finished 14-18 for the season.

Earlier in the week, Enfield was linked to an opening at Minnesota. A Minnesota TV station is reporting that Gophers officials already reached out to Enfield on Saturday.

“I have not heard a word,” FGCU athletic director Ken Kavanagh said after returning to campus with Enfield and the team Saturday. “When the game got done (Friday) night, we’ve been busy ever since then, getting back to the hotel and leaving to come here. I’ve not heard a word. Andy and I sat near each other on the plane and on the bus, and we haven’t talked a word about it.

“Whatever happens is going to happen, and we’re not going to worry about things unti things get in front of us. We’re not worried about this stuff.”

There also is an opening at New Mexico after Steve Alford was hired by UCLA on Saturday.

Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague and assistant athletic director Mike Ellis are both familiar with Enfield through a coaching networking program called Villa 7.

Minnesota fired Tubby Smith, despite a second-round NCAA tourney victory over UCLA last week.

There are many who believe Enfield is independently wealthy after a successful business career and may give FGCU a hometown discount. In between coaching stints, Enfield was the vice president of TractManager, a start-up software company now valued at more than $100,00 million, according to an ESPN report.

But Enfield doesn’t appear to be in coaching for charity.

"I still need to work," Enfield told ESPN.

It’s inevitable that Enfield is in line for a huge raise if he stays in Dunk City. He made $157,500 this past season. He did receive $15,000 in bonuses for the Eagles' Sweet 16 run but a key FGCU booster told the Daily News last week that the school is trying to double Enfield’s salary.

Enfield’s former boss, Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton, told ESPN that FGCU better act quickly if it wants to keep its coach.

Staff writer Scott Butherus contributed to this article.

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