Andy Enfield: Professional Smack Talker

Recently Andy Enfield made the probably grave mistake of letting someone from Men's Journal tag along with him, but hey he just moved to LA and got a raise and life is good. Meanwhile, a couple of Enflield's quotes in the piece are causing a bit of a storm:

This, about competing with UCLA and new Bruins coach Steve Alford:

"I don't worry about them," said Enfield with a smile. "I've made it to one Sweet Sixteen in two years, and he's made it to one Sweet Sixteen in 18 years."

And this about Tim Floyd, with whom he recently competed for a recruit:

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

These quotes strike me as something Enfield didn't really want to get out. Granted he said these things to a bunch of boosters, so it probably would have anyways, but doing it in the presence of a guy from Men's Journal wasn't his smartest move.

Enfield makes a couple good points, I guess. I wouldn't want to live in El Paso either (though LA isn't really my cup of tea). But don't think that some of these coaches aren't bookmarking his statements and preparing for his fall from grace. USC hasn't had a 20 win season since 2009 when Floyd was in charge, and has won just 3 NCAA tournament games since 2003. Enfield, meanwhile, did go on the miraculous Sweet 16 run last year, but didn't even win the Atlantic Sun and two years ago FGCU went just 15-17 (8-10), so while Enfield isn't exactly picking on the giants of coaching, he's still probably punching above his weight a little bit. I love his moxie, but it could come back to bite him in the ass if USC fires him in 4 years.