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Andy Enfield announced as SMU’s new men’s basketball coach

SMU will have a new men’s basketball coach in its first ACC season.

The Mustangs announced this on Monday they hired USC coach Andy Enfield after he fired Rob Lanier at the end of the 2023-2024 season. Lanier was at SMU for just two seasons and the Mustangs went 20-13 in their final season in the AAC.

The move from Enfield to Southern Methodist comes as the Trojans were coming off a tough season in 2023-2024. USC had high expectations coming into the preseason with a roster featuring Bronny James and No. 1 recruit Isaiah Collier. Things didn’t go as planned.

USC finished the season at 15-18 and was over .500 for just three days in 2024. The Trojans allowed opponents to shoot 36% from the three-point line and averaged 74 points per game.

The porous defensive season snapped a three-year NCAA tournament streak, though the Trojans had not made it past the first round of the tournament since advancing to the Elite Eight in 2021. Had Enfield returned to the Trojans in 2024-25, he would have been under significant pressure to have a great season in USC’s first Big Ten campaign.

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Enfield spent 10 seasons at USC after a two-year stint at Florida Gulf Coast. He came to USC in 2013-14 after FGCU advanced to the Sweet 16 as a No. 15 seed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

Overall, the Trojans made the tournament in five of his ten seasons and were 220-147 during his tenure with seven 20-win seasons.

Looking to achieve sustained basketball success for the first time in nearly a decade, SMU is jumping from the American Athletic Conference to the tougher ACC. SMU hasn’t made the NCAA tournament since it was a No. 6 seed in 2017. The Mustangs have won 20 games just twice since that tournament, and both seasons ended with a coaching change. Lanier replaced Tim Jankovich after the 2022 season following Jankovich’s retirement.

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