USC is expected to offer its baseball job this week. But whether it gives the job to Andy Stankiewicz or Andrew Checketts, it’s going to be a tough job unless the athletic dept. changes its attitude toward baseball.
Pat Haden was vexed by baseball and Lynn Swann is apathetic towards it.
But there needs to be a plan in conjunction with the university to find ways to make it financially feasible for preferred walk-ons to come to USC.
Even then, there are guarantees for success in baseball.
UCLA is a public school and has an elite coach (John Savage). But the Bruins have not even made the College World Series on two occasions when they were the No. 1 seed overall, including this year.
For USC baseball, it is imperative that someone in the athletic dept. with power becomes aggressive in guiding baseball. USC has farmed out the current coaching search to former players/coaches. That shows no one is comfortable with baseball. This needs to change to restore a program with 12 national titles.
- O.J. Simpson is living in Las Vegas, plays golf nearly every day and had both his knees replaced, according to this Associated Press story.
- The USC Board of Trustees has donated more than $1.5 million to establish a scholarship in honor of interim president Wanda Austin.