USC has zeroed in on Troy Tulowitzki to be its next baseball coach and a job offer is expected this week.
Tulowitzki, who is an assistant coach at Texas, will receive a counter-offer to remain with the Longhorns, according to sources.
The former major-league all-star gives USC a splashy hire although he has never been a head coach.
However, he is a highly respected coach. In 2021, Texas had its highest team batting average (.275) and its most home runs (68) since 2010 in Tulowitzki’s first season.
The challenge for Tulowitzki will be confronting the issues of being the coach at private university for his first job.
Will he like having only 11.7 scholarships? A half-scholarship still means a player needs to pay $30,000 (plus room and board). At Texas, an in-state player on half-scholarship pays less than $6,000 (plus room and board).
But the lure of being a head coach, especially one with USC’s tradition, might make the job too attractive to pass up.