USC announces hiring of FGCU's Andy Enfield, whom Gophers eyed
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It's possible the Gophers list of head coaching candidates has been reduced by one. Again.
The University of Southern California announced late Monday night they have reached a deal with Florida Gulf Coast coach Andy Enfield, who led the 15-seed Eagles to the Sweet 16 of this year's NCAA tournament.
The Gophers recently reached out to Enfield in their search to replace Tubby Smith, although the school's level of interest was not known.
Enfield completed just his second year as a college head coach, but he worked for four years as an NBA assistant and five years as an assistant at Florida State University.
Enfield also holds the NCAA record for career free throw percentage (92%) and is recognized as one of the top shooting coaches in basketball circles going back to the late-1990's.
According to ESPN's Andy Katz, the Gophers also reached out to Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin, but he showed no interest.