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USC's Andy Enfield seems to be the Dunk City of quotes, too

Andy Enfield hasn't shied away from talking big and making USC relevant. (USATSI)
Andy Enfield hasn't shied away from talking big and making USC relevant. (USATSI)

The first thing you need to know is that Andy Enfield said these things to a small group of boosters with a reporter present as opposed to directly into a reporter's recorder. That might well be a distinction without a difference. But it's important to note, still, because I can't imagine the first-year USC coach ever expected to spend this day reading these quotes in a national publication called Men's Journal Magazine.

So ... you got that?

Good.

Now check these quotes!

"Tim Floyd shows up every day at work and realizes he lives in El Paso, Texas. And he's pissed off that he didn't get the USC job two months ago." -- Andy Enfield on former USC coach and current UTEP coach Tim Floyd

"I don't worry about [UCLA]. I've made it to one Sweet Sixteen in two years [as a head coach], and [Steve Alford has] made it to one Sweet Sixteen in 18 years [as a head coach]." -- Andy Enfield on, well, I think that's pretty self-explanatory.

Good stuff, huh?

Again, I can't imagine Enfield ever intended for any of those words to make national headlines a few hours after a 73-57 win over West Alabama at the Galen Center. But that doesn't matter now, does it? Those quotes are circulating, and Floyd and Alford will never forget them. Neither will UTEP and UCLA fans. And, I must admit, I love it.

Why?

Because this is the way lots of coaches actually talk about each other.

I'm glad the casual fan is getting a glimpse of it.

Coaching at the high-major level is an ultra-competive business, and most guys end up rubbing a rival the wrong way at some point on the recruiting trail, which is where Enfield's issues with Floyd and Alford originate. Enfield and Floyd got into it over McDonald's All-American Isaac Hamilton; Enfield and Alford have gotten into it over multiple recruits. Those quotes are the byproduct of those things -- and they also show that Enfield isn't going to simply play the nice-guy role so many have tried to assign to him.

Enfield is a nice guy, sure.

I like him a lot.

But he's also a super intense and ridiculously confident 44-year-old with big plans for USC. While some folks are sitting around wondering how he parlayed two wins last March into this job, he's running around and trying to figure out ways to compete with Arizona's Sean Miller atop the Pac-12. Rest assured, it will be a steep climb. But if you thought Andy Enfield was just going to flash that gap-toothed smile, collect big paychecks and enjoy life in Manhattan Beach with his gorgeous family, think again. He's not here to respect his elders or his rivals. He's here to build fast, play fast and, obviously, talk fast, too. He wants to make USC relevant. And, so far, he's doing exactly that.

 
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