PHILADELPHIA -- FGCU has a beef with CBS.
The name of the school is Florida Gulf Coast University. Or FGCU for short. You know, like UCLA or UNLV.
Well, except for the fact the Eagles actually won an NCAA tournament game.
But FGCU athletic director Ken Kavanagh complained that CBS used "Florida G.C." in its graphics for the program's milestone win over second-seeded Georgetown on Friday night.
"We keep telling people politely, we're FGCU or Florida Gulf Coast University," he said. "Florida G.C. is nowhere on our university's campus. It's not what goes on our resumes. We hope that we get a little more respect from CBS now with what we've done."
The Eagles earned more respect all around college basketball.
The Eagles stormed onto the scene a 78-68 victory in the second round of the South Regional. Not bad for a school which joined Division I only six years ago – and opened its doors in 1997.
"Any time you win and advance, it's fun," Kavanagh said, sounding more like a veteran AD at Duke or Kansas.
Kavanagh, in his fourth year, can point to April 1, 2011, as the date the program changed forever. That's when FGCU hired coach Andy Enfield.
Kavanagh said he wowed by Enfield's background as a former assistant coach at Florida State and for some NBA teams where he specialized in player development.
"He said at his first press conference, we weren't going to wait to win," Kavanagh said. "As the AD, I wasn't putting any pressure on him to go to the NCAA tournament in his first two years and beat a great team like Georgetown."
FGCU caught another break before this season. Lost in all the conference shuffling in the Big East, Pac-12 and other major programs was that the little guys where hit, too. Belmont defected from the Atlantic Sun for the Ohio Valley. Belmont made the tournament from 2006-08 and 2011-12 (and again this season in the OVC). That opened the door for FGCU to bust through and win the conference tournament.
Kavanagh is convinced more than ever he had the right coach all along.
"He's somebody that continues to prove that anything he gets involved with, he's successful," he said.
Maybe too successful? Enfield's success, easygoing demeanor – and now a tournament win – will suddenly put him in demand for a program looking for the next hot coaching prospect. The lure of a beachfront campus might not be enough to keep him around, especially if they beat San Diego State on Sunday. Then again, Enfield was the co-founder of a Wall Street software company in the health care field that was valued at $100 million.
"You leave those things alone and you just keep enjoying it," Kavanagh said. "Marketplace issues take care of themselves. In the meantime, we're very blessed to have him as a coach."
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