Ray Tanner expects USC baseball
December 08, 2017 07:01PM
Ray Tanner expects USC baseball coaching search to end soon | The State
Ray Tanner expects USC baseball coaching search to end soon | The State USC's baseball coaching search set to accelerate South Carolina's search for a new baseball coach is set to pick up steam. Gamecocks athletics director Ray Tanner told WIS Sunday night that a coach will be named "in the near future." The USC baseball head coaching job has been open since Chad Holbrook resigned on June 6. "I think there's a lot of people that would be really good fits so we're narrowing down the search and hope to name a coach in the next few days," Tanner said. The only coach known to have interviewed at this point is USF head coach Mark Kingston. Florida head coach Kevin O'Sullivan and Wake Forest head coach Tom Walter are also considered to be candidates. "I believe very strongly that our job here is a top three or top five job in the country so we've attracted a lot of really good candidates," he said. "It was a short list from the very beginning so it remains a short list. We'll name a coach in the near future." O'Sullivan's Gators are playing LSU in a best-of-three series for the national title with Game 1 Monday night https://www.blackhawksprosport.com/blackhawks-jerseys/radovan-bondra-jersey.aspx, Game 2 Tuesday and Game 3 Wednesday, if necessary. O'Sullivan has been rumored to be Tanner's top choice, but his team's run to the College World Series finals could hurt USC's chances of landing him. He currently has a buyout of 1 million, which drops to 750 https://www.blackhawksprosport.com/blackhawks-jerseys/artem-anisimov-jersey.aspx,000 on July 1. If USC is unable to land a big name such as O'Sullivan, Kingston and Walter would be second tier candidates that would likely receive strong consideration. Kingston, who interviewed over the weekend, began his coaching career at Purdue as an assistant in 1997. He was also an assistant at Illinois State, Miami and Tulane before being named the head coach at Illinois State in 2010. In his five seasons at Illinois State his team made the NCAA Tournament once and also made the MVC Tournament Championship Game on two other occasions. Kingston left to take over the USF program prior to the 2015 season and led the Bulls to the NCAA Tournament in 2015 and 2017. USF finished 42-19 this past season as the Bulls won 40 games for the first time since 1996. Walter has been a head coach in college baseball since 1997 with stops at George Washington and New Orleans before taking over the Wake Forest job in 2010. He took over a Wake Forest program coming off a 22-30 season, including a 6-21 mark in ACC play, and slowly built the Demon Deacons up. After making the NCAA Tournament just once from 2003-2015, Wake Forest advanced to the postseason each of the past two years, losing to Florida in a Super Regional this season https://www.blackhawksprosport.com/blackhawks-jerseys/alexandre-fortin-jersey.aspx. No matter who is named USC's next coach, it sounds like the news should come by the middle of next week at the latest. Never miss a local story. Sign up today for a free 30 day free trial of unlimited digital access. SUBSCRIBE NOW Mark Kingston updates progress as USC fall baseball concludes First-year Gamecocks coach Mark Kingston is pleased with his middle infield depth.
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