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I stumbled across what looks to be a pretty good source for college baseball coaching rumors—a Twitter account called Skippers Dugout. Whoever is behind this account has tweeted a number of times about the Michigan job, with some interesting rumors that I haven't seen posted here before. On June 12, there was this one:
Hearing #Michigan has possible interest in former legend Chris Sabo. Been told AD Brandon wants "Michigan Man".— Skippers Dugout (@SkippersDugout) June 12, 2012
Also on June 12:
This is likely a reference to Erik Bakich, current head coach at Maryland, given this tweet two days later:
Bakich looks like a pretty good option. His Maryland profile says this about him:
Bakich, who is the youngest head coach at any BCS school, has a remarkable record of recruiting and developing elite talent. In the last 10 years he has coached 73 players that have been selected in the MLB draft, including 25 in the first five rounds and nine first-round picks.
I've seen many people advocating for Kent State head coach Scott Stricklin to get the Michigan job, but Skippers Dugout posted this on June 14:
One other name mentioned recently is current Michigan pitching coach Steve Merriman:
UPDATE: Perhaps Stricklin is still a possibility. Skippers Dugout just posted this:
A couple of side notes:
- Someone asked in a previous thread what other openings there are in college baseball. From BaseballAmerica's 2012 College Coaching Carousel, it appears that Michigan has the only current opening among BCS schools.
- Skippers Dugout has tweeted a number of times about Rich Maloney, indicating that he may be headed back to Ball State:
UPDATE2: Rich Maloney's return to Ball State is now official, and he'll be (re)introduced at a press conference tomorrow morning. See Rich Maloney Named Ball State's Head Baseball Coach.
Also, Kent State was eliminated from the College World Series earlier today, so if Stricklin is in fact interested in the Michigan job, he's now free to pursue it.