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Apr 2, 2013 12:48 AM by Andrew Masuda

USC hires Florida Gulf Coast's Enfield as coach, Cantu's future uncertain

After leading Florida Gulf Coast to an historic NCAA Tournament run, Andy Enfield has been named the new head coach at USC. That means the future of Central Coast native Bob Cantu, who finished the season as USC's interim head coach, is up in the air.

"Please welcome Andy Enfield (@CoachEnfield) to the #TrojanFamilyas the new head coach of @USC_Hoops. #DunkCityUSC," USC tweeted on Monday night.

The deal is for six years and an undisclosed amount of money.

Enfield's Florida Gulf Coast became the first 15-seed to reach the Sweet 16 in this year's NCAA tournament with upsets of #2 Georgetown and #7San Diego State. The Eagles' Cinderella run ended Thursday in a 62-50 loss to Florida.

The 43 year old Enfield went 41-28 in two seasons at Florida Gulf Coast. He guided the Eagles to a school record 26 wins this season. He has also been an assistant at Florida State and with the Boston Celtics. During his playing days at Johns Hopkins, Enfield set the NCAA All-Divisions record with a 92.5 career free throw percentage.

Cantu, a Paso Robles High graduate, took over as the Trojans' interim head coach midseason when Kevin O'Neill was fired after a 7-10 start. USC went 7-8 under Cantu to finish the season 14-18 overall and 9-9 in Pac 12 Conference play. Cantu, who started his coaching career at Mission Prep and Cuesta College, completed his twelfth season with the Trojans. He had already undergone four coaching regimes with USC prior to Enfield's hiring. Cantu is the longest tenured assistant coach in the Pac-12.

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