Andy Enfield's Salary Takes Center Stage as FGCU Continues Cinderella Run
The attention placed on Florida Gulf Coast is well-deserved after a miraculous run to the Sweet 16 in the 2013 NCAA tournament. However, the focus has quickly turned to the business side of college basketball.
Over the past week, head coach Andy Enfield has led his squad to impressive wins over Georgetown and San Diego State, making his Eagles the first No. 15 seed in NCAA history to reach the Sweet 16. While fans loved watching Brett Comer and others have fun on the court, the team's leader has some interesting stories as well.
According to ESPN's Dana O'Neil, Enfield holds the NCAA record for free-throw shooting percentage, he helped start up a software company and he is married to a model.
This already has the makings of one exciting movie.
Still, the latest part of his life to make the news is his salary. Jacob Carpenter of Naples News reports that the FGCU coach is making $157,500 per year and that the school is looking to double that number heading into next season.
According to Carpenter, booster club chairman Brian Rasnick said of Enfield, "I hope that he takes away that we really want him, we want to give him the respect he deserves, and want to try to get him to be the highest-paid coach in the Atlantic Sun."
Doubling the salary to around $300,000 would certainly be a good way to reward the coach after putting the young school on the map. Of course, this is nothing compared to people in similar positions at high-major programs around the country.
Florida Gulf Coast's next game is against No. 3 seed Florida, led by Billy Donovan. The Gators' coach makes an annual salary of $3.5 million after his latest extension. While he has already won two national championships, it is important to note the difference between what the two programs are able to afford.
Will Andy Enfield leave FGCU after the season?
This run by the Eagles is certain to turn some heads around the country. It would not be at all surprising to see Enfield's name come up as schools look to fill job vacancies.
While it is unlikely that he makes a jump to a program like UCLA after one noteworthy tournament run, there will be plenty of other options as the coaching carousel turns. If one of these schools offers a much larger starting salary, it might be difficult for Enfield to say no.
It is unknown how open the coach is to a change, but there is little doubt that this will be discussed in the coming weeks.
For now, however, we should simply enjoy the moment. A group of kids with no experience of playing on the big stage are having fun and winning huge games in the process.
Hopefully, the talks about salary and coaching changes do not take too much attention away from the players and the fantastic Cinderella story that has occurred this March.
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