PHILADELPHIA — Oklahoma State got bounced from postseason play on Day 1 of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.
Now, there are 17 more days of basketball.
So who is there to cheer for now?
How about lifelong Cowboys' fan, and Mustang native, Amanda Marcum Enfield and her husband Andy?
Andy Enfield is the coach of No. 15-seeded Florida Gulf Coast, who plays No. 2 Georgetown on Friday at 5:50 p.m. He's also married to a former supermodel, who worked for Armani, Victoria Secret and a whole lot more.
The Oklahoman caught up with Amanda Enfield during Florida Gulf Coast's practice on Thursday in Philadelphia. She has become an Internet sensation over the last few days and she cordially gave her time to multiple media outlets, including ESPN and CBS. The Oklahoman talked with her about the new attention, her life as a super model and, of course, Oklahoma State sports.
So, you and Andy first met because you were trying to watch an Oklahoma State game?
They were playing in Boston and I was living in New York. My friend and I were going to fly up for the weekend and she told me her friend was going up already and it was Andy. So not just a free ride, he ended up being a husband too. Got a marriage and kids out of it.
Was it love at first sight?
No. No. But it worked out after a while. We got engaged pretty quickly after we started dating and that happened fast, but no not right away.
What's it like being here at the NCAA Tournament?
It's so cool. It's so exciting. When we were at the (Atlantic Sun conference) championship game in Macon (Ga.) and realized this weekend we were coming, I got tears in my eyes. It was so exciting the fact that they were able to have this major accomplishment — the coaching staff and the players. It was so exciting.
What did Andy say about coming to Philadelphia and have you ever been here?
Actually, we have. We came here to work out some players a long time ago. It was so long ago. We were really excited to come and my kids saw snow for the first time today in their lives. We were looking out the window and they were like, ‘Oh my gosh.' Because, Florida kids, you can only imagine how their excitement is.
Has the attention been weird?
It has been. It's completely unexpected. I did not see this coming at all.
Do you know how people found out?
I know that when we moved to Fort Myers, the local papers did a little article on how we met so I don't know if they saw that online. It wasn't something we were talking about.
Do you still model at all?
No, not really. Since we moved away from New York, I kind of just gave it up. That's really where I needed to be to continue. I like being with my kids. I miss it but I like being home with them and taking care of them. It would be a job where I would have to be gone a lot for.
Even more than he is for basketball?
Well, I don't know about that. That could be a toss up. It would be a lot. And it's completely unpredictable like where you go and what happens. So there isn't much of a schedule I could make with my kids.
So you're an Oklahoma girl who became an East Coast girl and a Florida girl?
I still have to work on the West Coast, but other wise I think I have it covered.
How often do you get back to Oklahoma?
It's been a while. My family there hasn't met my son. Not that often because we usually have to travel during the summer and because of Andy's schedule. With the schedules, it hasn't really worked out. And pregnancies. I used to go back every year, but we'll try to get that going again.
What do you miss about Oklahoma?
I miss my family. I loved going to the Oklahoma State games with my dad, the football especially. I have to say I like football better than basketball — just by a little bit.
When was the last Oklahoma State basketball game that you went to?
I think it was St. Joes when they played them in the Sweet Sixteen or the Elite Eight and they were playing in New Jersey. I went to that game. I still have the picture. I looked like a maniac I was so happy. Do you remember John Lucas? He hit the 3 at the end. I was so happy. That's the last one I went to. Coach (Eddie) Sutton was still there.