USC announced Monday afternoon that it had extended the contract of head basketball coach Andy Enfield through the 2020-21 season. This comes following a 21-13 season that saw the Trojans reach the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2011.
"We are very excited about the direction of our men's basketball program under Coach Enfield and the progress that has been made," USC athletic director Pat Haden said in a statement released by the school. ”We look forward to continued progress and we believe that with this contract extension, Coach Enfield will bring stability and success to USC men's basketball for the long term."
After going 21-41 in his first two seasons, including 5-31 in Pac-12 play, Enfield led the program to a resurgence in his third year. The Trojans got off to a great start this season, winning 15 of their first 18 games before struggling down the stretch in conference play.
USC dominated at home, winning their first 15 games and finishing 16-2 at Galen Center. The Trojans also won a Pac-12 tournament game for the second season in a row, blowing out UCLA for the third time this season, before losing a tight game to Utah.
The Trojans made the NCAA tournament and had a great opportunity to win their opening game, but they couldn’t make free throws late in the game and let a lead slip away to Providence in the final seconds, losing 70-69.
"We look forward to an offseason of continued development for our players that will set the foundation for an exciting 2016-17 season,” Enfield said in the school’s release.
Enfield came to USC after making history at Florida Gulf Coast when the Eagles became the first No. 15 seed to ever make the Sweet 16 round in the NCAA tournament. Enfield brought over his “Dunk City” up-tempo style of play that grabbed the nation’s attention during Florida Gulf Coast’s tournament run.
This season, USC averaged 80.5 points per game — the most since the 1990-91 season when Harold Miner was lighting up the scoreboard. The Trojans made a school-record 266 three-pointers with several key players drastically improving their shooting percentages year-over-year.
With the assistance of coaches Tony Bland, Jason Hart and Kevin Norris, USC has recruited six Scout Top 100 players in the last three classes. The Trojans return every significant contributor with only one senior graduating and two bench players transferring. With a strong three-man recruiting class incoming, the Trojans should be able to compete for a Pac-12 title next season, if the team continues to develop in the offseason at a similar rate as the last two years.
Enfield was reportedly a candidate for the Pittsburgh job before the Panthers hired Kevin Stallings yesterday. His original contract was a six-year deal believed to be worth around $1.5 million per year.