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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Coaches explain testy Colorado-USC postgame handshakes

There is clearly no love lost between USC head coach Andy Enfield and Colorado head coach Tad Boyle, and the latest installment of the drama series featuring the two programs took place in the postgame handshake line on Saturday night.

After Colorado’s 69-65 victory over the Trojans, Boyle pumped his fist and did not attempt to contain his excitement. He then showed some extra fire while working his way through the handshake line, and one USC assistant coach took exception to how he was acting.

Enfield said he was told a member of his staff was angered by Boyle cursing.

Boyle was outspoken last year when USC and Arizona, another Pac-12 program, were implicated in the FBI investigation into illegal activity in college basketball. He said he “absolutely” would take added pleasure in beating either team given the cheating allegations. When USC later beat Colorado, Enfield called a timeout with 20 seconds remaining and his team leading by 12. It was obvious he was rubbing it in.

It appeared that Boyle apologized to the USC assistant, but the beef probably won’t end there. While postgame handshake drama in college basketball is nothing new, it seems like there is exceptional bad blood between Boyle and the Trojans.

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