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USC's hire of FGCU's Enfield creates buzz

Tuesday - 4/2/2013, 8:12pm  ET

FILE - In this March 30, 2013, file photo, Florida Gulf Coast head coach Andy Enfield reacts to action against Florida during the second half of a regional semifinal game in the NCAA college basketball tournament in Arlington, Texas. Southern California hired Enfield as their new men's basketball coach on Monday night, April 1, 2013, after he took Florida Gulf Coast to the round of 16 of the NCAA tournament.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Southern California athletic director Pat Haden wants to make basketball relevant at the Pac-12 school known for its powerhouse football program.

So he went out and hired Andy Enfield of Florida Gulf Coast, who has been one of the most buzzed-about coaches since making the Eagles the first No. 15 seed to reach the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament. They upset No. 2 seed Georgetown and No. 7 seed San Diego State before losing to Florida.

"We've had starts of good programs but never really had a sustained program for a long period of time. We're trying to build a very credible basketball program at USC," Haden said Tuesday on a teleconference.

"What we've missed is a coach that can be here for an extended period of time and get this program where it should be."

Haden believes he found that person in Enfield, who parlayed those two NCAA tourney wins into a new job with a program that plays in the shadow of cross-town rival UCLA, which owns a record 11 national championships.

Enfield entered USC's search late in the process, but Haden said the private school looked into him thoroughly. He spent 4
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