Enfield’s process already yielding results

first_imgThe first thing people mention is his offense.And how can they not?Piecing together · Men’s basketball head coach Andy Enfield has injected life into the Trojans’ floundering basketball program, most notably with the commitment of five-start point guard recruit Jordan McLaughlin. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanFlorida Gulf Coast University’s high-octane, up-tempo style of play captivated the nation last spring, as their impromptu Sweet 16 berth — by way of defeating powerhouses Georgetown and San Diego State, no less — validated the distant notion that successful college basketball teams can still be exciting.Mere weeks after Florida Gulf Coast was eliminated, Enfield was hired by USC Athletic Director Pat Haden in April to bring that excitement to a basketball program that had inspired little enthusiasm in the Trojan faithful.But while his system’s dunks and 3-pointers garnered most of the attention, USC men’s basketball coach Andy Enfield is also enamored with how to ensure Player X is open for that lob attempt in transition, and how to put Player Y in an optimal position to break down the defense and kick out to a teammate.For Enfield, results matter, of course — what coach doesn’t love winning? But it’s the process and journey to the result that’s most important.Enfield has cultivated a nuanced approach to developing his players’ skills, which stems from his experience in the mid-to-late ’90s as a shooting coach with the Milwaukee Bucks and an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics.“There are a lot of different breakdown drills we do,” Enfield told the Daily Trojan in late August. “We just emphasize it, and we work on it and we teach. I don’t allow players to go through practice doing it the wrong way.”If Enfield sees a player shooting with improper form, or executing a play the wrong way, he’ll immediately stop practice and correct the mistake. It’s a meticulous habit, but also a significant reason why Enfield’s players execute his game plan so effectively.“Repetition without teaching only gets you to a certain level,” Enfield said.To get to the next level and ultimately compete for Pac-12 championships, Final Four berths and a national championship, the Trojans have to first learn Enfield’s offensive system — a challenge given the stark contrast between FGCU’s roster last season and USC’s this season.“We’re going to play a similar system,” Enfield said. “When I say similar, it’s going to be the same concept. We’ll adjust some of our playcalling and some of our screening action to use our strengths.”Those strengths include 7-foot-2, 270 lb. center Omar Oraby and 7-foot, 250 lb. center           D.J. Haley (a transfer from Virginia Commonwealth University). While neither player is the prototypical Enfield big man — his rotation at FGCU featured athletic, spry players 6-foot-9 and below — Enfield welcomes the challenge of handling more traditional, back-to-the-basket big men.For the second straight season, few teams boast as monstrous of a frontcourt as the Trojans, and Enfield plans to use that to his advantage.“I’d be crazy not to get those guys the ball in the paint because they’re very good,” Enfield said. “They have great hands and good footwork. But they can still set ball screens.”And that’s where the famed “Dunk City” highlights could come in.“We run a 4-out, 1-in motion, where they can still set ball screens and run to the rim for lobs, dunks or bounce passes,” Enfield said.Despite the relative youth of the roster, Enfield feels another strength of the Trojans will be the experience of their key players.Returners Oraby, guard J.T. Terrell and guard Byron Wesley figure to start and assume significant leadership roles considering their familiarity with the program. Transfers Haley and point guard Pe’Shon Howard (Maryland) also bring experience from established programs.The biggest unknown is the group of freshmen — guards Kahlil Dukes and Julian Jacobs, and forwards Nikola Jovanovic and Roschon Prince — four players who will likely tilt USC’s season one way or another.“We’re going to need the four freshmen to contribute,” Enfield said. “It’ll be interesting to see how they adjust to the college game, how much they improve and when they’re thrown into the game situations starting in November, how they perform.”With so many fresh pieces, including a newly assembled coaching staff and potentially six untested rotational cogs, Enfield has refrained from setting goals for the upcoming season. Instead, he plans on letting his players decide their own expectations once official practices begin on Sept. 27.“I think if you set your goals too high or too unrealistic, I don’t think it helps you achieve [them] or stay focused throughout the season,” Enfield said.“But I’m a big believer of if your goals are not necessarily the end result, but how you’re going to get to a certain result, I think those [goals] are much more attainable because you have control over how hard you work on a daily or weekly basis.”That doesn’t mean Enfield lacks a long-term vision, though. Atop his list: creating a program with “sustainability at the national level” and being “a top-25 team every year.”Which is exactly what he was hired to do back in April.When USC Athletic Director Pat Haden spoke of Enfield at his introductory press conference, Haden emphasized the importance of USC basketball establishing relevancy for the first time.Five months into the job, Enfield’s tenure is off to a promising start.Five-star point guard Jordan McLaughlin committed to the Trojans on Wednesday, bypassing opportunities to play at UCLA, Kansas and Indiana. The move signifies a major coup for the Trojans in the local and national recruiting scene, and is a sign that Enfield’s transformation of the basketball program has already begun.“I don’t know what people think outside our program, but I’ve been very impressed with our players as individuals and as a team, and the atmosphere our coaching staff has created around here and the Galen Center,” Enfield said. “It’s a pretty exciting time.”Follow Jovan on Twitter @jovanbuhalast_img read more

Extent of official cover-up revealed by Hillsborough Independent Panel report

first_imgThe true extent of the cover-up of official failures at Hillsborough was revealed for the first time with the publication of the Hillsborough Independent Panel’s report.The report said: “It is evident from analysis of the various investigations that from the outset South Yorkshire Police sought to deflect responsibility for the disaster on to Liverpool fans.”The Panel found evidence that South Yorkshire Police’s submissions to the Taylor Inquiry, “emphasised exceptional, aggressive and un-anticipated crowd behaviour: large numbers of ticketless, drunk and obstinate fans involved in concerted action, even ‘conspiracy’, to enter the stadium”.The documents also reveal the “extent to which substantive amendments were made” to statements by South Yorkshire Police to remove or alter “unfavourable” comments about the policing of the match and the unfolding disaster.The report found that 116 of the 164 police statements identified for “substantive amendment” were “amended to remove or alter comments unfavourable to SYP”.One police officer said he only accepted the changes because he was suffering from post-traumatic stress and that he considered it an injustice for statements to have been “doctored” to suit the management of South Yorkshire Police, the report found. The documents show, for the first time, that South Yorkshire Ambulance Service documents were “subject to the same process”, the panel said.The Panel went on to say the wrongful allegations about the fans’ behaviour later printed in some newspapers, particularly The Sun, originated from “a Sheffield press agency, senior SYP officers, an SYP Police Federation spokesman and a local MP”.In the Commons Prime Minister David Cameron said Sun owner News International had co-operated with the report, adding that the the source for “these despicable untruths” was the agency reporting conversations with “police and Irvine Patnick, the then MP for Sheffield Hallam”.The panel said the Police Federation, “supported informally by the SYP Chief Constable” sought to develop and publicise a version of events derived in police officers’ allegations of drunkenness, ticketless fans and violence.“The vast majority of fans on the pitch assisted in rescuing and evaluating the injured and the dead,” the panel said. The documents disclosed to the panel also revealed that further attempts were made to “impugn the reputations of the deceased by carrying out Police National Computer checks on those with a non-zero alcohol level.”The panel found that access to cabinet documents revealed that in an exchange about her Government welcoming the Taylor Report, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher expressed her concern that the “broad thrust” of the report constituted a “devastating criticism of the police”.It also found that “it is evident that the primary concern of the government at the time was the potential impact (positive or negative) on the Parliamentary passage of the planned Football Spectators Bill.The documents go on to reveal the original pathologists’ evidence of a single, unvarying pattern of death was “unsustainable”, the panel said.The families have always disputed the accidental verdict which followed the inquest into the deaths.last_img read more