Florida Gulf Coast Eagles coach Enfield shouts instructions to his players during their win over the San Diego State Aztecs in their third round NCAA tournament game in Philadelphia Pennsylvania

FGCU turns to fundraising to increase Andy Enfield’s contract


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Andy Enfield’s name is no doubt the hottest in college coaching at the moment. That’ll happen when you lead a team from the Atlantic Sun Confernce into the Sweet 16, and to top it off, become the first 15 seed to ever make it that far.

That buzz means possible job offers and, while that’s a good thing for Enfield and his family, that’s something Florida Gulf Coast would rather not see happen.

So as a result, the school is reaching out trying to raise funds to increase the second-year head coach’s contract, which is currently sitting at $157,500 per year. The program aims to make him the highest-paid coach in the conference. According to the report, the mission is to possibly double his contract.

The school is trying to tap in to any donations it can get to make the coach comfortable enough to stay in the Ft. Myers/Estero area.

First, let me commend FGCU for stepping on the gas with this process. They know Enfield will be a name brought up in a number of coaching searches this offseason and they’re putting up the best fight possible to keep the biggest name to be associated with the school since Chris Sale. And if they can get the necessary funds to make his salary get to around $300,000 per year or more, who knows? It’s been well documented that he already wasn’t hurting for cash when he got into coaching, so that may be enough, depending on where his loyalties lie.

That is, if they can get the dough.

That being said, you can’t stop a guy from searching for a better opportunity. With jobs at UCLA and Minnesota now open, there are sure to be other jobs that could call Enfield for an interview. Though, Enfield may be better suited to stick at FGCU for a few more years to prove that this season wasn’t just lightning in a bottle.

It’s a smart move by FGCU. One that, should Enfield choose to stay, looks even smarter to get underway this early.

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Florida Gulf Coast’s Demetris Morant out 3-4 months

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Florida Gulf Coast redshirt junior forward Demetris Morant is expected to miss the next 3-4 months after undergoing surgery last week to repair a stress fracture in his right shin, the school announced on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 4.5 points, 4.4 blocks and 1.3 blocks per game in 33 appearances (18 starts) for the Eagles during the 2014-15 season.

“This is obviously an unfortunate setback for Demetris, but it was a procedure that needed to be done,” Florida Gulf Coast head coach Dooley said in a statement. “We decided it would be best to have it completed now to hopefully get him back for A-Sun play. It’s an opportunity now for other guys to step up in his absence, and I have confidence they’ll get the job done.”

The Eagles have the top frontline in the Atlantic Sun, one that returns Marc-Eddy Norelia and Filip Cvjeticanin, a 3-point shooter who missed all of last season recovering from back surgery. VCU transfer Antravious Simmons becomes eligible in the second semester.

Florida Gulf Coast begins the 2015-16 season on Nov. 14 against Ohio.

Bill Self on Cheick Diallo: ‘It may be a couple of more weeks’

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Cheick Diallo is currently practicing with Kansas, but his eligibility still remains in question.

On Monday, Kansas head coach Bill Self appeared on “The Border Patrol” on WHB-AM 810 and was asked to update the status of his freshman big man.

“He’s been cleared to practice,” Self told hosts Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty. “(His status) is depending on what they find throughout from the information we submit to them whenever we get it all together.

“A lot of people think, ‘Well, why wouldn’t it all be together?’ Well there’s a lot of reasons why. It’s because they told us recently some things that they just wanted. Instead of just throwing it to them piece by piece, they requested we to just submit it all together, so it may be a couple of more weeks before we’re able to submit everything when you’re talking about getting information from schools in Mali and everything like that.

“But we hope in two weeks, maybe three weeks, before we have a definite answer. But right now, Cheick is like everybody else. He’s practicing.”

Diallo, a 6-foot-9 forward from Mali is allowed to practice with the Jayhawks, but has been waiting to be cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center despite enrolling in classes over the summer and earning six credits. Self anticipated this would be a long process, but has remained confident Diallo, the top-5 recruit in Class of 2015, will eventually be cleared to play this season.

For three years, Diallo attended Our Savior New American School in Centereach, New York, which is currently under NCAA review. In September, Pitt freshman Damon Wilson, Diallo’s teammate at OSNA, was cleared to play.

Kansas opens the season on Nov. 13 against Northern Colorado.