Posters here and elsewhere claimed that Scott Stricklin interviewed with Michigan yesterday for the baseball head coaching position, but Perfect Game blogger Kendall Rogers is now reporting that Stricklin is staying at Kent State:
It sounds like the old leverage-a-job-offer-into-getting-a-better-deal-where-you-are scenario.
So, will it be Chris Sabo after all or someone else? Tom Walter, Erik Bakich, and Steve Merriman have been the other rumored candidates.
UPDATE: The word on Twitter is that Maryland head baseball coach Erik Bakich will be the new Michigan baseball coach. Tweet from Kendall Rogers:
As I noted in a post below, it was earlier reported that Bakich had already interviewed for the Michigan job. If Bakich is in fact hired, it will be interesting to see if he brings his pitching coach, Sean Kenny, with him from Maryland. Kenny is an Ann Arbor native and attended Pioneer and then EMU.
UPDATE2: Jeff Ermann of InsideMDSports recently tweeted this:
Rumblings about UMD baseball coach Erik Bakich and Michigan. Sources say they've offered 400k+. And per @KendallRogersPG, deal may be close.— Jeff Ermann (@insidemdsports) June 26, 2012
Compared to the $400K+ supposedly being offered by Michigan, Bakich's current Maryland salary is just a little over $100K. He has one year left on his contract, so Maryland could offer him an extension and a better deal, but that's a pretty large gap to make up.
UPDATE3: Recent tweet from Skippers Dugout:
Also this from Kendall Rogers: