Media Clippings: FGCU Making Waves in the National Media

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

MACON, Ga. - FGCU is taking the national media by storm after becoming the first No. 15 seed to make it to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Basketball Tournament.

The Eagles defeated second-seeded Georgetown, 78-68 in their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance and followed that upset with an 81-71 victory vs. the No. 7 seed San Diego State University.

FGCU popularity has risen around the nation. Here's a look at some of the media the Atlantic Sun has been tracking on the Eagles.

Friday, March 29th
Bleacher Report
Doug Brodess: Florida Gulf Coast Basketball: Why FGCU Is the Most Fun Team in America
Matt Fitzerald: Florida Gulf Coast Basketball: Keys to Victory for Eagles in Sweet 16

CBS Sports
Greg Doyel: Florida Gulf Coast acts like it belongs in the big time
Jim Axelrod: Florida Gulf Coast coach leads unheralded team to improbable run

Dallas News
Jeff Mosier: The Florida Gulf Coast University bandwagon is getting full in the Dallas area

The Examiner
Shawna O'Reilly: Sweet 16: Florida Gulf Coast looking to 'go as far as we can'
Nancy Griesemer: 10 things you need to know about Florida Gulf Coast University

Florida Times-Union
Ryan O'Halloran: Coach's adjustment did the trick for Florida Gulf Coast

Fox Sports
Jen Floyd Engel: FGCU shows coaching isn't everything

Huffington Post
Jovan Alford: Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles Are America's Team

The Miami Herald
David Smiley: Florida Gulf Coast University’s success transforms Fort Myers into ‘Dunk City’

New York Post
Brian Lewis: Underdog darling Florida Gulf Coast on center stage tonight

New York Times
Tom Spousta: A Scene Stealer Isn’t Ready to Give Up the Spotlight
Tom Spousta: Florida Gulf Coast, From Plucky Underdog to Chic Pick

Rant Sports
Marliee Gallagher: Florida Gulf Coast gets their chance against Florida in Sweet 16
Marliee Gallagher: Florida Gulf Coast is a true March Madness Cinderella

Sports Day
Tim Cowlishaw: Cowlishaw: Who's to say Florida Gulf Coast can't stage another upset?

Sports Illustrated
Andy Glockner: FGCU Beware! History Is Not Very Kind To Sweet 16 Upstarts

Time
Brad Tuttle: Dunk City & Dollars: Florida Gulf Coast Bandwagon Means Big Bucks

USA Today
Mike Foss: Eight things you need to know about Florida Gulf Coast

The Washington Post
Sally Jenkins: Florida Gulf Coast’s run a result of fun and fundamentals

Thursday, March 28th
Bleacher Report
Jake Curtis: Ranking the Top 10 Stories of March Madness

Dallas News
Jeff Mosier: Florida Gulf Coast University’s newly minted fan base turns out for practice at Cowboys Stadium

News-Press
Seth Soffian: FGCU men's basketball coach Enfield employs power of positive coaching
Dave Breitenstein: FGCU's scholastic profile rises because of basketball success
Chris Umpierre: FGCU men's basketball team cheered on before Texas flight to NCAA South Regional

USA Today
Patrick Stevens: Cinderella Watch: Does Florida Gulf Coast have any magic left?
Eric Prisbell: Lovable Florida Gulf Coast's bench sparks memories of Arizona Gumbies

The Washington Post
Liz Clarke: Florida Gulf Coast keeps loose, sticks to its guns as Sweet 16 game approaches

Wednesday, March 27th
CBS Sports
Matt Norlander: Before he was a star, he was a star: Andy Enfield at Johns Hopkins 
Lyle Fitzsimmons: Dunk City is fun, but Florida Gulf Coast serious about shot vs. Gators 

Florida Times-Union
Ryan O'Halloran: Cinderella story Florida Gulf Coast has its shining stars

Naples Daily News
Brittany Shammas: Hundreds turn out to send off FGCU basketball team

NBC Sports
Joe Posnanski: Take a Lesson in Fun From FGCU

NY Daily News
Kevin Armstrong: Florida Gulf Coast University celebrating success of basketball team, coach Andy Enfield as team prepares for Florida Gators

News-Press
Chris Umpierre: FGCU Sweet 16 apparel and 'I believe' bands selling fast on campus
Chris Umpierre: FGCU men's basketball team arrives in Texas for NCAA South Region
Laura Ruane: Dunk City Beach being created to watch FGCU men's basketball team in NCAA tourney

SB Nation
Russell Steinberg: NCAA Tournament 2013: Andy Enfield's path looks similar to other Sweet 16 coaches
Bill Connelly: 2013 NCAA Tournament: Here's how FGCU beats Florida

Sports Illustrated
Andy Staples: Florida Gulf Coast University rides the wave to national prominence

USA Today
Jon Saraceno: Florida Gulf Coast has successfully 'won over the nation'
Mike Lopresti: Florida Gulf Coast's first student reflects on hoops progress
Mike Foss: Fan's tattoo pays perfect homage to Florida Gulf Coast

Tuesday, March 26th
Bleacher Report
Avi Wolfman-Arent: The Ultimate Guide to Florida Gulf Coast University Men's Basketball

The Boston Herald
Ron Borges: Borges: All eyes on Dunk City

CBS Sports
Matt Norlander: South Regional Preview: FGCU remains the biggest story in sports 

ESPN
Dana O’Neil: The Dunk City Shot Doctor
Carter Strickland: State of Florida flying high in hoops
Eamonn Brennan: The Sweet 16's most indispensable players

Fox Sports
Andrew Astelford: FGCU has become ultimate Cinderella story

Naples Daily News
Brent Batten: FGCU is in heaven, thanks for asking
Dana Caldwell: Men's basketball: FGCU players soak in love at pep rally
Jessica Lipscomb: FGCU's NCAA basketball run a publicity slam dunk for school
William Deshazer: Sweet 16 berth still the buzz at FGCU campus
David Mouton: FGCU basketball's Sweet 16 run a game-changer or historic moment?
Adam Fisher: FGCU seniors Sherwood Brown, Eddie Murray helped school, team grow
Adam Fisher: FGCU men's basketball notebook: Gators, Eagles met four years ago in Gainesville
Brittany Shammas: Hundreds of out-of-state students found FGCU before national headlines

New York Daily News
Jeff Goodman: Florida Gulf Coast basketball's Andy Enfield left life as a New York businessman to return to coaching

News-Press
Dennis Culver: FGCU Eagles fans true-blue at Monday pep rally
Nicole Auerbach: Dunk City: FGCU's high-flying style captures America

SB Nation
Andrew Sharp: A detailed guide to Florida Gulf Coast, the best school on earth

Sports Illustrated
Andy Glockner: Andy Enfield’s Former Coach Likes What He Sees In Dunk City

USA Today
Jon Saraceno: Florida Gulf Coast ready to take on all challengers
Nicole Auerbach: The anatomy of Florida Gulf Coast's 'Dunk City' offense
Yvonne Ayala McClellan: Cinderella Florida Gulf Coast treated with chocolate slippers

Yahoo!
Pat Forde: Florida Gulf Coast, other Sweet 16 teams thriving without highly touted recruits

Monday, March 25th
CBS Sports
Jeff Goodman: NCAA Tournament Reset: First Weekend Wrap-Up, Sweet 16 Preview
Jeff Goodman: Doc Rivers Loving Florida Gulf Coast’s Sweet 16 Run

ESPN
Dana O’Neil: FGCU Enjoying Its Place in History

Forbes
Chris Smith: The Business Of Dunk City: Florida Gulf Coast Is Set To Cash In
Patrick Rishe: Cinderella Flying High: Florida Gulf Coast Eagles Generating Millions in Future Conference Revenue, University Exposure
Tom Van Riper: March Madness Showing More Parity Than Ever. Is That Good For Business?

Fox Sports
Brian De Los Santos: The birth of Dunk City, USA

Naples Daily News
Scott Butherus: Men’s Basketball: FGCU Eagles Return to Nest Exhausted but Ecstatic
David Mouton: FGCU Shows it’s No Fluke as it Goes into the Sweet 16

NBC Sports
Rob Dauster: Late Night Snacks: Recapping the last day of the tourney’s first weekend
Troy Machir: Is Florida Gulf Coast the most surprising Cinderella of all time?

NPR
Mark Memmott: Florida Gulf Coast University: This Year's Cinderella Story In 10 Shots

NY Times
Scott Cacciola: 15th Seed Makes Round of 16 for First Time
Lynn Zinser: Leading Off: An Injection of Joy

News-Press
Tariq Lee: FGCU campus, fans mad about Eagles making NCAA tourney's Sweet 16
Seth Soffian: FGCU downs San Diego State to continue historic NCAA run
Justin Kane: McKnight gets his moment for FGCU
Carl Bleich: 3-point specialist rises to the occasion for FGCU
Carl Bleich: FGCU, Florida victories create Sunshine State showdown
Carl Bleich: FGCU notebook: Comer again plays floor general for Eagles
Samantha Scott: Guest Opinion: FGCU Eagles' soar into Sweet 16 is uplifting Fort Myers

Sports Illustrated
Tim Layden: Florida Gulf Coast continues exhilarating ride through March
Tim Layden: A closer look at the eclectic résumé of FGCU coach Andy Enfield

Time
Sean Gregory: Florida Gulf Coast: Inspiring Swagger, The Darlings Of March Madness Read more: http://keepingscore.blogs.time.com/2013/03/25/florida-gulf-coast-inspiring-swagger-the-darlings-of-march-madness/#ixzz2OxVe2S3F

USA Today
Jack Carey: Florida Gulf Coast's 'Dunk City' coming to Sweet 16 vs. mighty Gators
Scott Gleeson: Bracket Briefing: The best and worst of the NCAA tournament's Opening Act
Dana Shanoff: Morning Win Salutes the Greatest Cinderella Ever
Nicole Auerbach: Belief in Florida Gulf Coast rewards NCAA bracketeers
Nick Schwartz: The special meaning behind FGCU star Brett Comer's tattoos

Yahoo!
Jeff Eisenberg: High-Flying Florida Gulf Coast Makes History, Becoming First No. 15 Seed to Reach the Sweet 16
Eric Adelson: Florida Gulf Coast University: They’re For Real and They’re Spectacular the Sweet 16
Jon Tayler: Florida Gulf Coast’s Incredible Run: What it Means to the NCAA Tournament
Eric Adelson: Who is Florida Gulf Coast University?

Sunday, March 24th
Bleacher Report
Dan Talintyre: Florida Gulf Coast Stuns San Diego State in Historic Upset
Ken Dorset: Florida Gulf Coast Celebrates Sweet 16 Berth with an Epic Dance Party
C.J. Moore: Florida Gulf Coast Basketball: Most Dazzling Images of Cinderella's Sweet 16 Run

CBS Sports
Gary Parrish: Florida Gulf Coast – Biggest Thing in Sports – Gets Florida in Sweet 16

ESPN
Dana O’Neil: Rapid Reaction: FGCU 81, SDSU
Dick Vitale: Florida Gulf Coast Keeps Surprising

Fox Sports
Reid Forgrave: FGCU is what's right in college hoops

Naples Daily News
Adam Fisher: FGCU Does What No One But It Expected – Goes to Sweet 16
Adam Fisher: FGCU Pulls Off Another Upset, Campus Parties Into the Night
Scott McIntyre: How Sweet 16 It Is: FGCU Wins!
Scott McIntyre: Sweet 16 Party: FGCU Students Erupt on Campus After NCAA Victory
Gordon Jones: FGCU men’s basketball notebook: Fisher compares Eagles to Loyola Marymount

NBC Sports
Raphielle Johnson: FGCU’s emphatic second-half run ends San Diego State’s season
Daniel Martin: Did Florida Gulf Coast deserve to be ranked higher than a No. 15 seed?

Sporting News
David Steele: Florida Gulf Coast dances, dunks its way into Sweet 16

Sports Illustrated
Stephen Danley: Dunk City Plays Great Defense, Too
Andy Glockner: Florida Gulf Coast Drops A “Dunk City” Rap Video

USA Today
Jack Carey: Today in Philadelphia: Second Dance for Cinderella
Jack Carey: Florida Gulf Coast ousts San Diego State to make Sweet 16, NCAA History
Jack Carey: Florida Gulf Coast Seizes Attention of Tournament Field
Chis Chase: Florida Gulf Coast Dunked and Danced All Over San Diego State
Chis Chase: San Diego State player shares special moment with victorious Florida Gulf Coast opponent
Scott Gleeson: NCAA tournament Cinderella Florida Gulf Coast creates 'Dunk City' rap video

Washington Post
Liz Clarke: NCAA tournament 2013: Florida Gulf Coast dunks its way past San Diego State and into the Sweet 16
Alex Prewitt: Florida ‘Golf’ Coast’s miracle run continues into Sweet 16

Saturday, March 23rd
ESPN
Dana O’Neil: FGCU’s Brett Comer is Now all Smiles

NY Times
Scott Cacciola: A Favorite Is One of the First to Go
Anthony Cave: At Florida Gulf Coast, Party Extends Beyond the Beach

Sports Illustrated
Tim Layden: FGCU's Andy Enfield enjoys strange path to sport's pinnacle
Pete Thamel: Following tragedy, Comer leading Florida Gulf Coast to new heights
Extra Mustard Staff: Ten Things You Might Not Know About Florida Gulf Coast University

Naples Daily News
David Moulton: After Georgetown Upset, Can FGCU Avoid the Letdown?

Sporting News
David Steele: Meet America's new Cinderella: FGCU's roster full of misfits, castoffs, late bloomers

Washington Post
Liz Clarke: Florida Gulf Coast Coach Andy Enfield becomes a star of the NCAA tournament

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