USC is in the final stages of hiring Loyola Marymount baseball coach Jason Gill. An official announcement could come as soon as Thursday, sources said.
Reaction: Gill cannot be worse than former coach Dan Hubbs.
But here is a story that will not inspire anyone regarding the search:
Last week, then-St. Mary’s coach Eric Valenzuela spent 5.5 hours interviewing with Long Beach State. USC interviewed Valenzuela for one hour and never showed him any of the baseball facilities. Valenzuela took the Long Beach job.
Gill was not the first choice but others passed, notably UC Santa Barbara coach Andrew Checketts.
“He was the fifth choice,” a source told me.
But like I said, he should be better than Hubbs. This is not encouraging for any possible football search.