A Season Ends But Who Noticed?

The USC baseball team concluded its season today by getting swept at Arizona this weekend. The Trojans finished 20-36 overall and 10-20 in the Pac-12. They did not make the NCAA Tournament for the eighth straight year. So this is not really about the firing of Frank Cruz just before the season started.
It’s more about the athletic dept.’s philosophy toward baseball. Does the sport matter? It really doesn’t if you go by the recent coaching hires since Mike Gillespie was fired.

Baseball is not a money-making sport so USC seems averse to going after a big-name coach. That means the school with the most national titles in the nation makes baseball less of a priority than Oregon, which hired the highly respected George Horton and paid him accordingly.

USC is now at another crossroads. Will it promote Coach Dan Hubbs or go hire a big-name coach? That’s all you need to know to see how important baseball is.

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  • http://twitter.com/FatBooster Joe Blow

    Yep, Haden has done a great job hiring all those great coaches.

    • rusoviet

      down on your knees again

    • dtksr1 @dslextreme.com

      Unless Haden is willing to donate part of his salary for the cause (you can give that idea up), trojan baseball is dead.

  • ThaiMex

    tapette…you’re a bit too “queer”, rarely interesting, informative or accurate. Before you suggest Haden has made good hires with “solid coaches”, perhaps we should give the coaches of the basketball teams a few seasons to prove themselves, after all, haven’t we heard the same garbage about previous coaches?

    The “Kiffin will turn it around this year” comment….is just plain…..RETARDED!
    a great big FIT ON torgan shout out to you, anyway!
    fit on Dummy!

    • rusoviet

      I’m gettin’ a woodie….where’s my woodie doll…..’Johnny and Nellie’…….why? ……. gone are the days (and believe me they really are) …. no rigged NCAA to screw tarkanian but another suckup piece this time in the Daily news about ‘woodie’ along with the other half of deity – vin-dawg chevrolet the skull

      • betomas

        Let’s go smoke out sometime, rus…it seems like you have access to the good ish.

  • Steve B.

    Men Volleyball is crap with 6 – 18 record last season, woman soccer has been dismal recently, woman tennis has done what under Gallien in seventeen years?. Men golf never won a national title. Baseball was ruined so far by Haden who didn’t look outside his window to hire the
    next two coaches. He had nothing to do with water polo, women golf
    or men tennis.

    • http://twitter.com/FatBooster Joe Blow

      What the heck do you think I’ve been saying since Haden got here? He’s a p u t z!

  • http://twitter.com/The_Guvnor_ The Guv’nor

    For once a well done post on the state of USC Baseball, maybe Scotty has a female intern working for him this summer. Either case, it is very true that this sport is at crossroads and the next hire will dictate the direction of program, so hopefully it won’t be headed to the grave. I’d rather see the sport cut than allowing it to free fall into a dark abyss. I’m glad Rod Dedeaux isn’t around to see this program look so sorry.