The Pittsburgh Panthers have reportedly reached out to USC Men's basketball Coach Andy Enfield about the coaching vacancy at Pitt according to Paul Zeise the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Jamie Dixon who had coached the Panthers left to take the head job with the TCU Horned Frogs. According to the sources it was just an initial contact to gauge Enfield's interest and obviously no word on whether Enfield is interested in leaving USC.
For what it is worth Enfield is from the state of Pennsylvania (though not necessarily close to the city of Pittsburgh) so he may have stronger ties in the state or being ‘closer to home' could be appealing. Pitt on the other hand is looking for a more exciting, up-tempo style of play to help attract top recruits according to our friends at Cardiac Hill.
The Panthers Athletic Director Scott Barnes stated in a radio interview:
"But overall, we want a little more of an up-tempo style, we want to really get it done on defense, and see where we go."
This could mean the prospect of bringing Enfield and Dunk City to Pittsburgh is rather appealing to Pitt.
Enfield made the Sweet Sixteen as head coach of Florida Gulf Coast during the 2012-13 season before moving to Los Angeles. His first two seasons with the Trojans were a disappointing 11-21 in the 2013-14 season and 12-20 in the 2014-15 season. Enfield and USC, however, had a breakout year this season with a 21-12 record and a trip to the NCAA tournament. Enfield is, however, 85-81 overall as a head coach.
Before the rumor mill starts pumping out of control let's keep a couple of things in mind, first if Pitt has reached out to Enfield to see if he is interested there is no indication either way if he is interested in leaving. Second, according to the report, Pitt has reached out to roughly 10 coaches and this was only their ‘initial list' so even if Enfield was interested, Pitt is exploring plenty of candidates.
As always, we will keep you posted on any new developments.