Florida Gulf Coast Eagles Are Taking March Madness By Storm
If you don't believe in miracles, you obviously haven't heard of the little-known college basketball team that's got the whole country watching in wonder.
Good Morning America opened their show on Monday saying, “They're for real and they're spectacular! The team has come out of nowhere to upset two top seeds in March Madness!"
On the Today show, Matt Lauer said, "Cinderella story! A little known school from Florida does it again!"
Little known? That's putting it politely.
Florida Gulf Coast University didn't even exist until 1997, and nobody expected them to win a single round in the NCAA playoffs.
President Obama last week picked perennial powerhouse Georgetown University as one of his top teams from the 64 entered in the tournament. But the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles beat Georgetown with a series of spectacular slam-dunks.
Incredibly, this little-regarded team has now reached the "Sweet 16," as its known, with a victory over San Diego State.
Jon Rothstein, CBS Sports Network college basketball analyst, told INSIDE EDITION, "Florida Gulf Coast did not just beat Georgetown and San Diego State, they dominated them, especially in the second half. So that makes this story more special."
Now that everybody's watching the team, the spotlights turned to their campus and what a campus it is.
Florida Gulf Coast University looks more like Club Med than a place of higher education. It has beach-side dormitories, and the on-campus spa.
A view from one player's dorm room overlooks the Gulf Coast. Maybe that's why these guys look so relaxed as they roll from one win to another.
Coach Andy Enfield couldn't be happier and not just because his team is winning. The lucky guy is married to onetime Maxim magazine cover girl Amanda Marcum. She's now a stay-at-home mom who's cheering on the team.
So miracles really do happen. Sometimes, long shots really do pay off.