USC just announced Dan Hubbs will not return as baseball coach after seven seasons.
“We want to thank Dan for his effort and service,” Lynn Swann said in a statement. “Dan is a good man and a good coach and he always will be a great Trojan. However, we felt that after seven years under Dan, our program needed new leadership and direction.
“We have a very successful and proud baseball tradition at USC. We now look forward to the next chapter of USC baseball under new leadership.”
Who will USC hire as his replacement? Swann and Co. have zero aptitide for hiring a baseball coach (or any other coach). Will USC want to pay a good coach somewhere else? Someone should call former Oregon State coach Pat Casey, who retired last year, just to see if he still likes being out of coaching.
UC Santa Barbara coach Andrew Checketts is considered a candidate.
UPDATED: Checketts was offered the USC pitching coach position by Chad Kreuter but turned it down (wisely). USC could find itself going head-to-head with Oregon over Checketts because he was a Ducks assistant prior to going to UCSB.