Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Andy Enfield leaves FGCU for USC
|04.02.13 at 7:51 am ET|
TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Senators at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN_
NHL: Sabres at Penguins, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Knicks at Heat, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Mavericks at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: NIT semifinals, BYU vs. Baylor, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: NIT semifinals, Iowa vs. Maryland, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: CIT final, East Carolina at Weber State, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
MLB: Orioles at Rays, 3 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Giants at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Andy Enfield capitalized on his success at Florida Gulf Coast University by accepting an offer to coach USC. Enfield, who led 15th-seeded FGCU to the Sweet 16 in only his second year at the school, will be introduced in Los Angeles on Wednesday after agreeing to a deal reportedly worth more than $1 million per year over six years.
Enfield, 43, is a former NBA assistant with the Bucks (1995-96) and Celtics (1999-2000) who was an assistant at Florida State from 2007-11 before taking over at FGCU.
“Those in the basketball world have known of his abilities for a while,” USC athletic director Pat Haden said.
Enfield takes over a USC team that went 14-18 and was coached by Bob Cantu after the midseason firing of Kevin O’Neill.
Said Enfield in a statement: “In meeting with Pat Haden, I was very impressed with his vision for the men’s basketball program. I am looking forward to bringing an exciting, up-tempo style of play to USC and building the men’s basketball brand into one that the fans and basketball community will enjoy and respect.”
♦ The Pac-12 conducted an investigation into its coordinator of officials and determined Ed Rush was joking when he offered money or a vacation to officials if they hit Arizona coach Sean Miller with a technical foul or ejected him during the conference tournament.
Miller got a technical for arguing a call during his team’s 66-64 semifinal loss to UCLA, and Miller ranted about the call after the game. He was fined $25,000 for his behavior.
“I consider the integrity of our officiating program to be of the highest importance and immediately ordered a review of the matter,” Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement. “Based on the review, we have concluded that while Rush made inappropriate comments that he now regrets during internal meetings that referenced rewards, he made the comments in jest and the officials in the room realized they were not serious offers. Following our review, we have discussed the matter with Rush, taken steps to ensure it does not happen again, and communicated our findings to all of our officials.”
♦ University of Louisville guard Kevin Ware is up and walking after a two-hour surgery Sunday night to reset his broken tibia and have a rod inserted into the bone. He is expected to be released from the Indianapolis hospital Tuesday, assuming there is no infection in his leg after the bone broke through the skin.
Ware, who attended high school in the Atlanta area, is expected to travel with the team to the Final Four in Atlanta.
“He gets to go home, be with his family and be with us on the bench,” coach Rick Pitino said. “He’s in very good spirits and anxious to get out of the hospital and get back with the guys.”
Ware was back on Twitter on Monday, thanking his well-wishers and joking that he “should [have] blocked that shot.” In addition to Pitino, Ware received a visit from NCAA president Mark Emmert, and he’s been contacted by a number of notable sports figures, including Charles Barkley, Dwight Howard and Joe Theismann, who suffered a similar injury when he was an NFL quarterback.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 2, 2000, the Red Sox signed which free agent infielder who was at the tail end of his memorable career — most of it spent with the Twins?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’s big. It’s obviously a lot nicer than the past couple of years to be on top 1-0 instead of going through a whole road trip without a win again.” – Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, on Monday’s 8-2 victory over the Yankees
STAT OF THE DAY: 2 – Home runs in his first two at-bats for Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, leading his team to a 2-0 victory over the Marlins on Monday
‘NET RESULTS: Referee Bill Kennedy is dazed after taking an elbow to the face from Bucks center Larry Sanders on the opening tip of Monday night’s game.
UConn-bound Breanna Stewart, the Girls National High School Player of the Year, dunks twice at the Powerade Jam Fest.
Harun Tekin, a goalkeeper for the Turkish soccer team Bursaspor, takes out his frustrations by pounding a fan who runs onto the field at the end of Sunday’s game, a 2-0 loss to Kasimpasa.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Gary Gaetti
SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Marvin Gaye was born on this day in 1939.
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