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Updated: March 30th, 2013 1:49pm
Sources: Gophers reach out to Florida Gulf Coast coach Andy Enfield

Sources: Gophers reach out to Florida Gulf Coast coach Andy Enfield

by Darren Wolfson
1500ESPN.com
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Add another name to the Gophers' list of candidates for their vacant head coaching position.

University officials have reached out to Florida Gulf Coast coach Andy Enfield, according to sources.

The pursuit remains in the phone call phase, sources said, five days after the "U" fired coach Tubby Smith. No in-person interview had been scheduled as of early Saturday afternoon.

Enfield, 43, led the 15th-seeded Eagles on an improbable run to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet Sixteen that ended with Friday's loss to Florida.

He took over Florida Gulf Coast in 2011 after stops as an assistant coach with the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks (1994 to '96) and Boston Celtics (1998 to 2000) and at Florida State (2006 to '11).

Enfield has a relationship with "U" senior associate athletic director Mike Ellis, having participated in the Villa 7 program while Ellis was at VCU.

The Gophers previously have been linked to VCU's Shaka Smart and Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg, who turned them down and accepted contract extensions at their previous posts.

ESPN reported on Saturday that former NBA coach Flip Saunders, a "U" grad, was also offered the job and turned it down. 

Darren "Doogie" Wolfson is the jack-of-all-trades sports guy for 5 Eyewitness News and a contributor to 1500ESPN.com.
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