LEFTOVERS: Gulf Coast coach used fast food to woo model

At Leftovers, we know a good thing when we see it. We also know that fame is fleeting.

So as the Florida Gulf Coast basketball team enjoys its 15 minutes of fame for reaching the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, today’s column is dedicated to the Eagles, their coach and all things FGCU. Or, as San Diego State coach Steve Fisher referred to them Sunday, “Florida State.”

By now, you’re familiar with Eagles coach Andy Enfield and how he outkicked his coverage by marrying supermodel Amanda Marcum. But what you might not be aware of is how their first date went and how he proposed to her.

Fast food was a component on both occasions. On their first date — a basketball game at St. John’s — Enfield and Marcum dined at a nearby Taco Bell (apparently all the diners in Queens were closed that night). Enfield told Newsday, “I got her a nice burrito, and we sat behind the bench. I figured if she still likes me after Taco Bell and a basketball game …”

Obviously, she did. So when Enfield proposed to Marcum, he got really creative. He hid the ring in between two Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

Ah, so sweet. The gesture, not the doughnuts.

■ BUSTED — ESPN.com announced Monday that because of Florida Gulf Coast and La Salle, no perfect brackets are remaining among the 8.15 million entries in its Men’s Tournament Challenge.

Only five entries went 30 for 32 in the round of 64, and only four brackets missed just one Sweet 16 team. Of those 8.15 million brackets, 1 percent had Florida Gulf Coast advancing to the Sweet 16, and 1.3 percent had La Salle moving on.

And if you’re wondering how President Barack Obama’s bracket is holding up, he is in the 72.3 percentile and ranks No. 2,254,697. But he had La Salle beating Kansas State. His Final Four of Louisville, Ohio State, Florida and Indiana is still in play.

■ CREATIVE COTTON — It didn’t take long for entrepreneurs to jump on the Florida Gulf Coast bandwagon and try to make a buck off the high-flying Eagles. But props to Smack Apparel, a company that creates rivalry T-shirts with witty sayings, for its blue and green shirt that proclaims “Dunk City 2013 — Trashin’ Your Bracket!” on the front and “Sweet 15 — Makin’ History!” on the back.

But there’s no direct reference to the school or use of its logos on the shirts. To incorporate that would mean having to pay the NCAA a hefty licensing fee, and Smack Apparel wasn’t about to do that. As it likes to brag on its website — “Licensed only by the 1st amendment.”

■ RECRUITING TOOL — Florida Gulf Coast lost 10 games this season, including two in Atlantic Sun Conference play to Lipscomb, which went 12-18. The Eagles also lost to Maine (11-19), East Tennessee State (10-22) and Stetson (15-16).

Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson said he’s rooting for FGCU.

“We probably benefit more than anyone from all this,” Sanderson told The New York Times. “I can tell you it will come up in conversations with recruits.”


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