The 2013-2014 USC Men's Basketball season kicks off next Friday on the road at Utah State, but that is not stopping head coach Andy Enfield from reaching out around the campus area for some much-needed fan support this season at the Galen Center.
Enfield arrives on campus bringing his unique brand of basketball from Florida Gulf Coast, which he helped cultivate into the first ever 15-seed in the NCAA Tournament to reach the Sweet Sixteen.
Enfield, along with his long-time assistant coach Kevin Norris from FGCU, look to spark life back into the men's basketball program in the Pac-12 that has suffered through back-to-back losing seasons.
The roster has changed a fair deal from last season under interim head coach Bob Cantu as eight new players have taken their talents to Southern California along with two transfers (Katin Reinhardt and Darion Clark) that will sit out this entire year for eligibility reasons.
In order to keep the hype going around the basketball program, Andy his wife Amanda took to the USC Greek Row this past week to fire up one of the most social communities on campus, that was recently named the fourth-best party school according to USA Today.
The Trojans will open up their home slate against Cal State Northridge as part of a four game home stand before taking their talents to the Bahamas in the Battle For Atlantis.
This Thanksgiving weekend tournament will be an excellent test for where this fledgling program stands in the national ranks, with potential games against Villanova, Kansas, Wake Forest and Xavier.
For a new program that continues to gain a fair deal of attention in the Los Angeles spotlight, Enfield understands that his up-and-down brand of basketball needs a strong fan base to turn the relatively new Galen Center into an intense home-court advantage.