Florida Gulf Coast University head coach Andy Enfield should be the object of most desire for vacant positions across the USA.(Photo: Kevin Jairaj, USA TODAY Sports)
(USA TODAY)-- Florida Gulf Coast University men's basketball coach Andy Enfield looked like a man who wanted to get some sleep more than he wanted to talk to Southern California officials upon returning to campus Saturday afternoon.
Looking like he lost weight and hadn't slept in days, Enfield said he wanted to rest before he thought about his future after leading the Eagles to the Sweet 16 in just their second year of Division I eligibility.
Yahoo! reported Saturday that USC was targeting Enfield, 43, who has been at FGCU for two seasons. In his first head coaching job, Enfield has gone 41-28. Yahoo! also reported that talks with Enfield were expected to begin this weekend.
"I'm not going to comment or speculate on anything," Enfield said. "We had a game to play last night and we were totally focused on that. I understand the speculation is part of the business."
FGCU athletic director Ken Kavanagh said he hasn't been contacted by other schools, which often is done as a courtesy. Kavanagh also may not have had the time to check all his messages.
Enfield was already the subject of unattributed reports on contenders for his services before FGCU's NCAA tournament run ended Friday in a 62-50 loss to Florida.
"Every time you have success in this business, it's natural to be (discussed as a coaching candidate)," Enfield said. "My personal life and my family's personal life has been under scrutiny the last week, week-and-a-half."
Enfield and Kavanagh, who both ended up in Southwest Florida because of a shared vision for what can be built at the young school, have steadfastly dismissed all chatter about contract renegotiations or outside suitors.
"Whenever we have any coaches be successful, we're going to have that happen," Kavanagh said. "It's the nature of the beast."
Enfield just ended the second of a five-year deal that initially paid him $152,500 with $5,000 annual raises. He received a $5,000 bonus for making the NCAA tournament and $10,000 for making the Sweet 16.
"I don't have a dream school," said Enfield, 43, a Pennsylvania native and Maryland Terrapins fan growing who earned his Master's degree in business at Maryland.
"A dream job is really what makes you happy and where you think you can win and where your family is happy. I'm fine with this dream job right now."
Enfield has spoken of not just a five-year contract but a "five-year plan" at FGCU.
Given his track record as a successful former business entrepreneur and NBA assistant coach and shooting consultant, Enfield might not just be paying lip service to his commitment to FGCU, said close friend and former business partner Tom Rizk.
Enfield spent 5 ½ years with the healthcare industry contract management software service TractManager that he and Rizk built more than a decade ago.
Then Enfield spent five seasons as an assistant at Florida State in his first collegiate coaching position, when equally credentialed coaches might have left after only two or three years, Rizk said.
"He has this vision in his mind of what he wants to accomplish, and he has a step-by-step plan of how to execute it," Rizk said. "His history is he sticks to it until he's achieved it."
Enfield served three-year NBA stints as an assistant coach in Milwaukee with the Bucks from 1994-1996 and in Boston with the Celtics in 1998-2000. Those tenures both ended due to circumstances beyond his control.
Wanting to work in a college environment, with the first of three children on the way for him and his wife, Amanda, in 2006, Enfield signed on for longer tenure in Tallahassee at Florida State that Rizk sees being matched - or perhaps surpassed - at FGCU.
"He committed five years to being an assistant," Rizk said. "He could have bailed a lot earlier and gotten head coaching jobs a lot earlier. But he had a vision for what he wanted to accomplish.
"I'm sure a big part of that was learning how to build a program. A lot of guys in his position might have left after two years, thinking they wanted to cut the program short.
"You can tell a lot about a person when you look at them over a long period of time," Rizk said. "What I've seen from Andy is he's not afraid to make long-term commitments to accomplish what he needs to accomplish. His tendency is to have longer-term commitments to his life goals."
Right now, Enfield could be forgiven if what's really on his mind is sleep.
"People said they haven't had this kind of excitement in the NCAA tournament in many, many years," he said. "But it's so overwhelming and exhausting.
"I just want to take a deep breath and realize what a special year we had."