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Former USC coach Andy Enfield to replace Rob Lanier as new SMU head coach

Former USC coach Andy Enfield to replace Rob Lanier as new SMU head coach

Former USC coach Andy Enfield to replace Rob Lanier as new SMU head coach

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Per a report from ESPN.com, SMU announced Monday they have hired USC’s Andy Enfield as its new men’s basketball coach. SMU fired Rob Lanier last month after just two seasons as head coach; Enfield had been at USC for 11 seasons, leading the Trojans to five NCAA tournament appearances.

Athletic director Rick Hart said in a statement: “We are excited to announce Andy Enfield as Head Men’s Basketball Coach at SMU. 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 said in a statement: “I am so excited to join the SMU family. 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.”

Enfield was the head coach at Florida Gulf Coast for two seasons prior to his time at USC, leading the Eagles to a Sweet 16 run as a 15-seed in 2013 while upsetting No. 2 seed Georgetown and No. 7 seed San Diego State along the way.

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