USC is back to square one on the baseball coaching search and two of the candidates on my original list of candidates turned down the job while a third candidate got hired at Ohio State.
So here is a revised list of candidates:
Ben Orloff, UC Irvine
Orloff played for former USC coach Mike Gillespie and served as his assistant from 2014-18. He succeeded Gillespie as head coach 2019 and won the Big West Conference in 2021.
Morgan Ensberg, Tampa Bay Rays minor league coach
The former USC third baseman is currently the manager of the Rays’ Class AA affiliate in Montgomery, Ala. Was a member of the 1998 USC national championship team. Has college experience as assistant at UC San Diego.
Andy Stankiewicz, Grand Canyon
It’s a little surprising USC had not spoken to Stankiewicz through last weekend. He nearly got the job before Jason Gill was hired three years ago. Maybe he wasn’t a splashy enough name before but USC needs a coach.
Eric Valenzuela, Long Beach State
No guarantee he is interested but probably worth a call since he was the head coach at St. Mary’s from 2014-19, so he knows the challenges of coaching at a private school.