Is there a better basketball job than USC?
That is a serious question.
Think about it. You make the same amount as the UCLA coach with none of the expectations/pressure. You don’t have boosters/groupies bothering you. No one recognizes you. You don’t have to win in the postseason. It’s OK to miss the NCAA Tournament. You compete in the Pac-12. And you get to live in a big house in Manhattan Beach.
It’s kind of like being a backup QB in the NFL. You make a lot of money and don’t take the hits.
As USC opens Pac-12 Tournament play tonight against Utah, it’s worth noting Andy Enfield is making about $3.5 million.
That makes him around the second-highest paid coach in the Pac-12 according to USA Today. Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak is No. 1 ($3.9 million) while Mick Cronin ($3.6 million) and Enfield are nearly the same amount.
Enfield made $157,500 in 2012 at Florida Gulf Coast. He made $1.9 million at USC in 2016 but Lynn Swann (who else?) gave him a big bump and contract extension that still has two more years on it.
I will say it again: Are 2 NCAA Tournament victories in his first seven seasons worth $3.5 million? During a pandemic?
This NCAA Tournament could be critical for Enfield. How do you keep giving the guy raises if he doesn’t do anything in the postseason? Of course, USC rewards Clay Helton for little return too.
There is also the matter of the NCAA investigation into USC basketball. A couple years ago, USC officials were saying they were in the clear and nothing would ultimately happen but the NCAA investigation is still officially ongoing.
Until the NCAA does something, all Enfield has to do is keep the transfers and coaches’ sons coming and he can keep coasting.