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Andy Enfield leaves USC to take over as SMU head coach

After news broke last week, SMU made it official on Monday: Andy Enfield is leaving USC to be the Mustangs’ new head coach. Enfield is 261-175 overall as a head coach, with six NCAA Tournaments and two Sweet Sixteens.

“We are excited to announce Andy Enfield as Head Men’s Basketball Coach at SMU,” said AD Rick Hart. “Coach Enfield is enthusiastic about joining the Mustang family and the ACC. He has a strong track record of building winning teams on the court and in the classroom and pursuing championships with integrity. We believe he is a game changer for SMU Men’s Basketball.”

Enfield leaves the Trojans after a disappointing eleventh season, which saw the team struggle despite having a number of high-profile freshman recruits, including Isiah Collier (#2 in the class, per 247) and Bronny James (the son of LeBron). He had, however, won 21+ games in seven of the previous eight seasons and along the way recruited and developed a number of other NBA players, including Evan Mobley, Kevin Porter Jr, Onyeka Okongwu, Jordan McLaughlin, Chimezie Metu and De’Anthony Melton.

Prior to USC, he became a national name after his 2012-13 FGCU squad (“Dunk City”) made a run to the Sweet Sixteen as a 15-seed.

“I am so excited to join the SMU family,” said Enfield. “It is an incredible time for the university as we enter the ACC. The investments SMU has made in athletics, the support and alignment from leadership – President Turner, Rick Hart, David Miller and others – as well as the passion of the SMU fan base and community made this an incredibly attractive opportunity. We will make Mustang fans and the city of Dallas proud and cannot wait to get started.”

SMU is heading to the ACC this summer after spending the last eleven seasons in the AAC. They parted ways with former head coach Rob Lanier after just two seasons last month, but are coming off a 20-win season with a NIT appearance.

 

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