Ten Things You Might Not Know About Florida Gulf Coast University
Fun facts about America's newest Cinderella (who's only 16!)
Florida Gulf Coast stunned Georgetown on Friday in the NCAA tournament, becoming just the seventh No. 15 seed to defeat a No. 2 since the field expanded in 1985. Here are 10 things you might not know about the Fort Myers, Fla., school.
1. Every player on the team is older than Florida Gulf Coast University itself.
While the school was founded in 1991 on more than 700 acres of restored wetlands, the first student wasn’t accepted until 1997.
2. It’s only been a Divison I program for six years.
And this is just the second year it was even eligible to play in the NCAA tournament.
3. They pulled off one of the best alley-oops in tournament history.
Obviously that’s subjective, but really. Brett Comer could have played it safe with FGCU leading by seven with two minutes remaining, but instead he bounced an alley-oop pass off the backboard which Chase Fieler threw down with one hand.
4. They already have haters!
No, really, check it out!
Basically Georgetown is losing to the University of Phoenix by 17—
Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) March 23, 2013
TOURNEYFACT: Florida Gulf Coast is the only school in the tournament you can enroll at through SkyMall.—
sir broosk (@celebrityhottub) March 23, 2013
Florida Gulf Coast University seems like the name of a school in a movie that's too cheap to license a real school's name—
Bobby Big Wheel (@BobbyBigWheel) March 23, 2013
FGCU lists six people under "Notable Alumni" on Wikipedia and one of them is a monster truck driver. Never change, Florida.—
Good Bull Hunting (@GBHunting) March 23, 2013
5. The coach, Andy Enfield, left a cushy job at a Wall Street firm that’s now worth over $100 million because he was determined to be a head coach.
The startup software contract management company he launched was worth nine figures when he opted out.
6. And he set the NCAA career record for free-throw percentage (.925) while at Johns Hopkins.
Enfield missed just 25 foul shots throughout his entire collegiate career and graduated as the program’s all-time leading scorer.
7. (Oh, and he’s got a supermodel wife.)
Enfield is married to Amanda Marcum, a model who has appeared in Elle, Maxim and Vogue, and featured in ads for Victoria’s Secret and Armani. They met in 2003, had their first date at Taco Bell, and Enfield proposed eight months later by hiding the ring between two Krispy Kreme donuts concealed inside the box.
8. There’s a lot of wildlife on campus.
Wild boar, bobcats, alligators and snakes can been spotted on campus, which includes more than 400 acres of carefully restored and preserved wetlands.
9. Like everyone else on the planet, FGSU’s students did a Harlem Shake vid.
Because of course they did.
10. Lil Wayne is a fan.
And why wouldn’t he be?
How kome Florida Gulf Coast didn't have any plays on Sportscenter top ten plays?!! 1 of those lobs should've made it!—
Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) March 23, 2013