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Power 5 experience, experience with success at the P5 level, snag someone from the south who may have some recruiting ties. Pull some of the southern talent up north. Back the truck up to Arkansas?

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I know people are balking at mentions of Will Bolt, with the primary concern being that we shouldn't only be going after people with Husker ties.

 

Bolt is a pretty qualified coach. Here's a bit of his resume from the Texas A&M website:

 

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The Conroe, Texas native was associate head coach for the Cornhuskers from 2012-14, serving under Darin Erstad. Bolt helped the Huskers get back to the NCAA Tournament in 2014 after a five-year hiatus. Nebraska was one of the top offenses in the Big Ten Conference last season and ranked 19th nationally in hits (623), 30th in triples (19) and 31st in batting average (.293). Nebraska’s defense was also one of the best units in the country in 2014. With a new starter at first base, third base, shortstop, left field and center field, the Huskers ranked 21st in the country with a .976 fielding percentage.

Under Bolt’s watch in 2013, Nebraska’s defense turned in its best performance in school history. The Huskers ranked second in the nation with a .981 fielding percentage, setting school and Big Ten records. The Husker offense improved under Bolt’s tutelage in 2013, ranking in the top three in the Big Ten in eight offensive categories.

Prior to his tenure at Nebraska, Bolt served four years as head coach at Texarkana College from 2008-11. He led the Bulldogs to a pair of Region XIV championships during his four-year stint. Bolt guided the Bulldogs to back-to-back Region XIV championships (2009 and 2010) during a stretch of four straight Regional Tournament appearances and four 30-plus win seasons. Bolt, who was 140-82 (.631) at Texarkana, helped over 20 players sign with Division I schools.

Bolt has been in the collegiate coaching ranks for 10 years, spending the 2005 season as Nebraska’s volunteer assistant during the program’s school-record breaking 57-win campaign, prior to his two years on Texas A&M’s coaching staff.

One of the top infielders in Husker history, he finished his playing career holding six school records and caught the final out of the 2001 Super Regional to send Nebraska to its first College World Series.

The Conroe High School product started his coaching career by serving as a graduate manager for the 2004 Huskers, and he was then named head coach for the Parkville Sluggers (M.I.N.K. League) over the summer. Upon being named a volunteer assistant at Nebraska in 2005, Bolt helped direct the Husker infielders and hitters, as NU had its best season in school history. Nebraska compiled a 57-15 record and swept the Big 12 regular-season and tournament championships en route to capturing Nebraska’s first CWS win. Nebraska finished the season with a then-school record .975 fielding percentage.

 

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34 minutes ago, Huskers93-97 said:

Power 5 experience, experience with success at the P5 level, snag someone from the south who may have some recruiting ties. Pull some of the southern talent up north. Back the truck up to Arkansas?

 

Assuming you're talking about DVH coming back.  While it's a fun thought Nebraska would have to make him the highest paid coach in the country and probably throw a sweetner on top of all that.  Which would set you back $1.5mm/year and I still doubt DVH would leave Arkansas.  I'll be really interested to see where NU falls on the salary scale.  NU was getting such a hometown discount on Erstad that using his $200k salary isn't a reasonable benchmark.  UM's coach makes $400k for comparison's sake.  If Moos wants a proven P5 guy...NU is probably in the $600k range minimum plus a generous assistant coach pool.

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1 hour ago, Xmas32 said:

 

Assuming you're talking about DVH coming back.  While it's a fun thought Nebraska would have to make him the highest paid coach in the country and probably throw a sweetner on top of all that.  Which would set you back $1.5mm/year and I still doubt DVH would leave Arkansas.  I'll be really interested to see where NU falls on the salary scale.  NU was getting such a hometown discount on Erstad that using his $200k salary isn't a reasonable benchmark.  UM's coach makes $400k for comparison's sake.  If Moos wants a proven P5 guy...NU is probably in the $600k range minimum plus a generous assistant coach pool.

Moos will get er done. 5 Million on Frost, 4 Million on Hoiberg. Lets just spend 1 Million on baseball and make it an even 10 Million on the big 3 sports. 1 Million should get you a big boy coach.

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2 minutes ago, Huskers93-97 said:

Moos will get er done. 5 Million on Frost, 4 Million on Hoiberg. Lets just spend 1 Million on baseball and make it an even 10 Million on the big 3 sports. 1 Million should get you a big boy coach.

I do agree that if you're willing to spend $1mm/yr for a baseball coach, you're gonna get the attention of a whole lotta people.

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8 minutes ago, Xmas32 said:

I do agree that if you're willing to spend $1mm/yr for a baseball coach, you're gonna get the attention of a whole lotta people.

I agree. I dont know what the actual number is we should spend. But I think we should pay to play with the big boys. We have the College World Series in our back yard. I think its crazy to not pay for the right guy to get you there a couple times a decade.

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Just a question based on my complete ignorance of the finances of college baseball: if we spend $1 million, or half a mil, or whatever on a baseball coach, assuming he is successful, is that an investment the AD would get back?

 

I mean, $5M for Scott Frost can end up being a real a bargain if he is successful because football brings so many millions to the athletic department and the university, same with Hoiberg since Basketball also is a revenue generator. But what does the annual bottom line on baseball look like? Obviously we want to be competitive and successful, but what kind of financial impact can a good baseball coach have compared to a mediocre one?

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14 minutes ago, Ulty said:

Just a question based on my complete ignorance of the finances of college baseball: if we spend $1 million, or half a mil, or whatever on a baseball coach, assuming he is successful, is that an investment the AD would get back?

 

I mean, $5M for Scott Frost can end up being a real a bargain if he is successful because football brings so many millions to the athletic department and the university, same with Hoiberg since Basketball also is a revenue generator. But what does the annual bottom line on baseball look like? Obviously we want to be competitive and successful, but what kind of financial impact can a good baseball coach have compared to a mediocre one?

 

I would consider a coach's salary as an operating expense, and not an investment (or capital expense).  I haven't been able to find a recent NU Athletic Department budget, but from what I remember, the baseball team has been a near break-even program within the athletic department.  That may have been under the former Big 12, so the baseball team may be losing money now as I don't think they are generating the same revenue (compared to the past) and I think that travel expenses are now greater under the Big Ten.  Either way, the baseball team would probably continue to be near break-even or have minor losses.

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36 minutes ago, ColoradoHusk said:

 

I would consider a coach's salary as an operating expense, and not an investment (or capital expense).  I haven't been able to find a recent NU Athletic Department budget, but from what I remember, the baseball team has been a near break-even program within the athletic department.  That may have been under the former Big 12, so the baseball team may be losing money now as I don't think they are generating the same revenue (compared to the past) and I think that travel expenses are now greater under the Big Ten.  Either way, the baseball team would probably continue to be near break-even or have minor losses.

 

The Baseball program under Van Horn and the first few years of the Andersen era actually turned a profit--I remember because we were lauded as being one of the few in NCAA Baseball to pull that feat (other schools at the time were Texass and Arkansas, go figure).

 

It was incidentally this profitable success which was why our program's park was one of the few that was included in the MVP Baseball game from the PS2/XBox era (we were good, drew fans, and made money). Save for the Top 20 or so parks, everyone else had to play in a generic college ballpark (so for Northwestern, it was an unrealistic upgrade). 

 

I honestly haven't bothered to look into this since we joined the B1G since it seemed it took home regional action and a strong regular season to pull off turning a profit and...well...with the added travel costs, you get the picture. :dunno

 

3 hours ago, knapplc said:

I know people are balking at mentions of Will Bolt, with the primary concern being that we shouldn't only be going after people with Husker ties.

 

Bolt is a pretty qualified coach. Here's a bit of his resume from the Texas A&M website:

 

 

 

Those are some damn fine qualifications. If we could hire Bolt, we might be able to keep Silva to boot (depending on the pool for assistants). 

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28 minutes ago, VectorVictor said:

 

The Baseball program under Van Horn and the first few years of the Andersen era actually turned a profit--I remember because we were lauded as being one of the few in NCAA Baseball to pull that feat (other schools at the time were Texass and Arkansas, go figure).

 

It was incidentally this profitable success which was why our program's park was one of the few that was included in the MVP Baseball game from the PS2/XBox era (we were good, drew fans, and made money). Save for the Top 20 or so parks, everyone else had to play in a generic college ballpark (so for Northwestern, it was an unrealistic upgrade). 

 

I honestly haven't bothered to look into this since we joined the B1G since it seemed it took home regional action and a strong regular season to pull off turning a profit and...well...with the added travel costs, you get the picture. :dunno

 

 

Those are some damn fine qualifications. If we could hire Bolt, we might be able to keep Silva to boot (depending on the pool for assistants). 

 

Do we want to keep Silva?

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35 minutes ago, VectorVictor said:

 

The Baseball program under Van Horn and the first few years of the Andersen era actually turned a profit--I remember because we were lauded as being one of the few in NCAA Baseball to pull that feat (other schools at the time were Texass and Arkansas, go figure).

 

It was incidentally this profitable success which was why our program's park was one of the few that was included in the MVP Baseball game from the PS2/XBox era (we were good, drew fans, and made money). Save for the Top 20 or so parks, everyone else had to play in a generic college ballpark (so for Northwestern, it was an unrealistic upgrade). 

 

I honestly haven't bothered to look into this since we joined the B1G since it seemed it took home regional action and a strong regular season to pull off turning a profit and...well...with the added travel costs, you get the picture. :dunno

 

 

Those are some damn fine qualifications. If we could hire Bolt, we might be able to keep Silva to boot (depending on the pool for assistants). 

 

I played the bejesus out of that game on PS2.  I'm pretty sure I can remember all the custom parks...

 

Rosenblatt

Haymarket

FSU's field

GT's field

Arkansas

Cal State Fullerton

Stanford

Tennessee

Rice

Texas

USC

Clemson

Arizona

Notre Dame

St. Johns (lol why)

LSU

Miami

ASU

Pretty sure both Mississippi schools

 

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CBB coaches probably don't make crazy jack for the most part...so look at the top 10 coaches and start making offers that will be tough to refuse.  The Big Ten is printing money.

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2 hours ago, Ulty said:

Just a question based on my complete ignorance of the finances of college baseball: if we spend $1 million, or half a mil, or whatever on a baseball coach, assuming he is successful, is that an investment the AD would get back?

 

I'm not sure they're really looking to get those dollars back.  As in, I'm not sure that's really a consideration.

 

But the most recent numbers I could find on a quick search (2015 via LJS) show baseball lost $752k ($2.3M in expenses against $1.5M in revenues).  

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2 hours ago, Cdog923 said:

 

Do we want to keep Silva?

The bullpen's have been consistent with Silva, we have a high winning percentage when it gets late in games and we have the lead. (I know you should but it's easy to not have that)

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2 hours ago, Cdog923 said:

 

Do we want to keep Silva?

 

Dunno. Some people do. 

 

1 hour ago, Mavric said:

 

I'm not sure they're really looking to get those dollars back.  As in, I'm not sure that's really a consideration.

 

But the most recent numbers I could find on a quick search (2015 via LJS) show baseball lost $752k ($2.3M in expenses against $1.5M in revenues).  

 

If you're an AD that has information showing that baseball turned a profit when it was consistently good, it would be wise to staff it and put some money into the program so it can eventually get back to (at least) being revenue neutral or (eventually) turning a profit once again. 

 

I mean, who the heck has a problem with one more sport that can actually pay for itself? And if you have history showing you can get a sport to turn a profit when most don't (see: Women's Volleyball), then isn't sinking money into that sport to get it solvent again a wise investment?

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2 hours ago, Xmas32 said:

 

I played the bejesus out of that game on PS2.  I'm pretty sure I can remember all the custom parks...

 

Rosenblatt

Haymarket

FSU's field

GT's field

Arkansas

Cal State Fullerton

Stanford

Tennessee

Rice

Texas

USC

Clemson

Arizona

Notre Dame

St. Johns (lol why)

LSU

Miami

ASU

Pretty sure both Mississippi schools

 

 

That was a hell of a game. I wish I still had my copy somewhere...maybe I'll have to go look for a ROM of it or go try and find an original XBox and the game on CL.

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1 hour ago, VectorVictor said:

 

Dunno. Some people do. 

 

 

If you're an AD that has information showing that baseball turned a profit when it was consistently good, it would be wise to staff it and put some money into the program so it can eventually get back to (at least) being revenue neutral or (eventually) turning a profit once again. 

 

I mean, who the heck has a problem with one more sport that can actually pay for itself? And if you have history showing you can get a sport to turn a profit when most don't (see: Women's Volleyball), then isn't sinking money into that sport to get it solvent again a wise investment?

 

I don't know if the economics are the same as the past, where an extra $500K in head coaching salary would lead to NU making more of a profit.  Yes, more winning would boost attendance and donations in order to boost revenue.  However, I think the expenses are much more than what they were in the Big 12.  NU probably has to fly to a lot more conference road series, and in order to boost the non-conference schedule (to make up for a relatively weaker conference), that means NU has to spend more on traveling to non-conference series and early-season tournaments.  I heard on a podcast that NU had to use a number of different flights to get the players and staff to Corvallis earlier this year.  I would also think that recruiting costs more for NU now, as they have to go further out of the area to recruit players.  Add in higher costs for assistant coaches and other items, it may not be possible for NU to turn a profit in baseball, no matter how great the team is.    

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Big Ten has historically lagged behind the other conferences in what they pay their Baseball Coaching Staffs. But we've been getting a bargain for years with Erstad and have the resources. I say we steal Iowa's Rick Heller and pay him what he would get from one of the other conferences.

 

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The success he has had at Iowa (taking over a less-than-stellar situation): https://www.goiowaawesome.com/iowa-hawkeyes-baseball/2017/12/2422/iowa-extends-rick-hellers-contract-through-2024

 

https://hawkeyesports.com/coaches.aspx?rc=1765

 

What he did at Indiana State: https://gosycamores.com/coaches.aspx?rc=386&path=baseball

 

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26 minutes ago, ColoradoHusk said:

NU probably has to fly to a lot more conference road series, and in order to boost the non-conference schedule (to make up for a relatively weaker conference), that means NU has to spend more on traveling to non-conference series and early-season tournaments. 

 

 

Not sure about the out of conference stuff, but in conference I would guess (I'm speaking out of my a$$ here) that the increase is minor.

 

In the Big XII, KU, KSU, CU, MU were all within 8 hour drive. That's four schools, and I imagine any of the others would have been flights.

 

In the B1G, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Northwestern are all within 8 hours and Illinois is within 9. The further schools are further, but when you get into flight distance I don't think an extra hundred or two miles means much.

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3 minutes ago, Landlord said:

 

 

Not sure about the out of conference stuff, but in conference I would guess (I'm speaking out of my a$$ here) that the increase is minor.

 

In the Big XII, KU, KSU, CU, MU were all within 8 hour drive. That's four schools, and I imagine any of the others would have been flights.

 

In the B1G, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Northwestern are all within 8 hours and Illinois is within 9. The further schools are further, but when you get into flight distance I don't think an extra hundred or two miles means much.

My bet is that NU baseball would bus to KU, KSU, ISU (before it dropped baseball), Mizzou, OU, and Okie State, with the only flights to the Texas schools.  I would think NU baseball is flying from Omaha to Indiana, Penn State, Maryland, Rutgers, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue and possibly even Minnesota and Northwestern (due to proximity of major airports and numerous commercial flights).  That leaves only Iowa and Illinois as bus trips for the baseball team.  To me that would represent a sizeable difference in travel expenses.

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51 minutes ago, Landlord said:

Not sure about the out of conference stuff, but in conference I would guess (I'm speaking out of my a$$ here) that the increase is minor.

 

In the Big XII, KU, KSU, CU, MU were all within 8 hour drive. That's four schools, and I imagine any of the others would have been flights.

 

In the B1G, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Northwestern are all within 8 hours and Illinois is within 9. The further schools are further, but when you get into flight distance I don't think an extra hundred or two miles means much.

 

As per usual, take in enough generalities and everything sounds the same.

 

Three of those Big XII schools are not just "within 8 hours".  Manhattan is a 2.5 hour drive.  Lawrence is a 3.5 hour drive.  Columbia is a 5.5 hour drive.  That is significantly different than 7.5 hours to Madison, 6.5 to Minneapolis and 8 hours to Evanston.  Not to mention the part that you left out where Norman (7 hours) and Stillwater (6 hours) are also closer drives than any of the B1G schools except Iowa and (barely) Minnesota.

 

I really doubt they are taking many 8 hour bus trips now.  First of all, that would really suck.  Second, I'd have to find the exact time again but they were running into trouble early in the season trying to re-schedule games because they only have so many class days they are allowed to miss and if they left before mid-afternoon it counted as a full day.  I doubt leaving at 3:00 and getting in around midnight is something they want to put the athletes through regularly.  Plus then they wouldn't be getting back into Lincoln until midnight on Sunday.

 

I couldn't find anything for the baseball team specifically.  But the volleyball team flew to Wisconsin and Illinois this year.  The football team obviously flies most places.  I don't know where the line is as far as who flies how far but I'm guessing 8 hours is past the line.

 

 

 

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My mistake not even thinking about the distances to Oklahoma schools and also obviously overestimating the barrier distance between drive/flight options. 

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The Big Ten wasn't caring about baseball before us, now I feel like some of the schools definitely are now.

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15 minutes ago, hskrfan4life said:

The Big Ten wasn't caring about baseball before us, now I feel like some of the schools definitely are now.

They have so much money, they have to spend it somewhere.  Unless you are Indiana...then you make sure you don't spend one dime on the football program. 

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20 minutes ago, broganreynik said:

Might as well head back to Orlando and snatch up Greg Lovelady.

 

Not a crazy thought...he did a really nice job at Wright State has been a little above average since taking over UCF.  He looks like a born and bred Florida guy so not sure how he'd translate to NU.  I just think the A&M/NU connection makes too much sense that I would be really surprised to see NU go elsewhere unless a surprise candidate emerges. 

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4 hours ago, Xmas32 said:

 

Not a crazy thought...he did a really nice job at Wright State has been a little above average since taking over UCF.  He looks like a born and bred Florida guy so not sure how he'd translate to NU.  I just think the A&M/NU connection makes too much sense that I would be really surprised to see NU go elsewhere unless a surprise candidate emerges. 

 

I concur, and I wouldn't be shocked if we backed the truck up to get both Childress *and* Bolt out of aTm. 

 

Plus, Moos said he wants a coach that has P5 head coaching experience already. That kind of rules out Bolt (even though I'd be ecstatic with him as a head coach).

 

Additionally, according to Sipple on the Ticket Early Break show, Erstad had already given notice to the AD he was going to quit...though he didn't give a specific time when he would quit...just that it would happen in the near future. So the AD office had plenty of time to make a list and check it twice. 

 

Long story short, I wouldn't be shocked if Moos already has a primary target in mind. Hell, it's Moos...he probably already has a deal in principle with the new coach and he's just gonna make us wait a week just because.   :D

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I too would be surprised if it’s not one of the TAMU guys. Just trying to think outside the box, if Moos isn’t able to pull either of them in. I have every bit of faith that he will.

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Husker baseball over the past few years generally opperates at about a $750,000 loss. Bringing in about $1.5M in revenue while spending just under $2.5M in expenses. That is with Erstad making about 1/2 of what he could have had he not been willing to take a hometown discount.

 

To get a top tier name coach we will need to pay around $800k at minimum. That isn't going to happen unless they estimate doing that will also raise revenue to the point that it's not just a $1M annual loss.

 

Assuming they are willing to pay to lure them my top 5 in order would be

1. Greg Lovelady

2. Dan Heefner

3. Pat Casey

4. Jeff Duncan

5. Rob Childress

 

I don't want an assistant. Nebraska ties or not. Right now this program still has the facilities and support to allow a really good coach to dominate this conference... if we make a weak hire now, that may not be the case next time around. The longer we are in the big ten without winning, the harder it will be to do it.

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On 6/5/2019 at 5:21 PM, Blackshirt316 said:

Husker baseball over the past few years generally opperates at about a $750,000 loss. Bringing in about $1.5M in revenue while spending just under $2.5M in expenses. That is with Erstad making about 1/2 of what he could have had he not been willing to take a hometown discount.

 

To get a top tier name coach we will need to pay around $800k at minimum. That isn't going to happen unless they estimate doing that will also raise revenue to the point that it's not just a $1M annual loss.

 

Assuming they are willing to pay to lure them my top 5 in order would be

1. Greg Lovelady

2. Dan Heefner

3. Pat Casey

4. Jeff Duncan

5. Rob Childress

 

I don't want an assistant. Nebraska ties or not. Right now this program still has the facilities and support to allow a really good coach to dominate this conference... if we make a weak hire now, that may not be the case next time around. The longer we are in the big ten without winning, the harder it will be to do it.

 

I don't think anyone would realistically consider Bolt a 'weak hire'. Especially if we provide him a pool to bring in capable assistants. 

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Jim Rose put out a tweet yesterday that said if Moos gets the guy he is talking to about coaching Husker baseball,  we will be the happiest place on Earth.   

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1 hour ago, cheekygeek said:

Rumors with "elite sources" according to the poster. Note the dates of the two tweets.

 

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Build a f#&%ing statue if he gets either O'Connor or Casey.

 

Also...I think Casey might be a little miffed with OSU.

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39 minutes ago, teachercd said:

Build a f#&%ing statue if he gets either O'Connor or Casey.

 

Also...I think Casey might be a little miffed with OSU.

It's already been confirmed Casey is not coming back at Oregon State next year:

 

Casey decides not to return

 

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Honestly, would rather not take Casey if there was a legit chance to get him

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Don’t take anything Eric from Scottsdale seriously

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7 hours ago, cheekygeek said:

Rumors with "elite sources" according to the poster. Note the dates of the two tweets.

 

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Oh God, Eric in Scottsdale...

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52 minutes ago, jackattack030 said:

Anyone have a subscription to d1 baseball? Kendall Rogers just posted an update. The preview said it would be a huge surprise if Childress got the job. 

 

I have one.  Where are you seeing the update at?  I was just on the website and didn't see anything.  If you could post a link. I'll give it a read and post some generalities.

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1 minute ago, Xmas32 said:

 

I have one.  Where are you seeing the update at?  I was just on the website and didn't see anything.  If you could post a link. I'll give it a read and post some generalities.

Thanks may be old update but this was the tweet that made me think new update. twitter

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3 minutes ago, jackattack030 said:

Thanks may be old update but this was the tweet that made me think new update. twitter

 

Ah, gotcha.  Yes, I posted this up in another thread a few days ago when it initially came out.

 

This is behind a paywall so can't post the full details but here is a quick snapshot of the candidates D1baseball put together.  D1 has big writeups on all the candidates I listed.

 

Rick Heller

Childress 

Bolt

Seely

Nate Yeskie-Oregon State asst coach

Ed Servais--ain't happenin but interesting thought

Dan Heefner--Dallas Baptist--would be an awesome hire he's built DBU into an absolute powerhouse.  He's gonna be really expensive as both OU and Baylor took runs at him but couldn't get him to sign due to assistant coach pay.  Money wouldn't an issue for NU obviously.

Matt Deggs--Sam Houston State--Coached under DVH at Arkansas and was also the hitting coach and crootin coordinator for Childress at A&M

Nate Thompson--current hitting coach at Arkansas

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6 minutes ago, Xmas32 said:

 

Ah, gotcha.  Yes, I posted this up in another thread a few days ago when it initially came out.

 

This is behind a paywall so can't post the full details but here is a quick snapshot of the candidates D1baseball put together.  D1 has big writeups on all the candidates I listed.

 

Rick Heller

Childress 

Bolt

Seely

Nate Yeskie-Oregon State asst coach

Ed Servais--ain't happenin but interesting thought

Dan Heefner--Dallas Baptist--would be an awesome hire he's built DBU into an absolute powerhouse.  He's gonna be really expensive as both OU and Baylor took runs at him but couldn't get him to sign due to assistant coach pay.  Money wouldn't an issue for NU obviously.

Matt Deggs--Sam Houston State--Coached under DVH at Arkansas and was also the hitting coach and crootin coordinator for Childress at A&M

Nate Thompson--current hitting coach at Arkansas

Thanks its a mystery. I went to Sam Houston, Matt Deggs stock has gone down since the Super Regionals. Heefner would be solid at Nebraska. A&M was ranked bottom of SEC in hitting so question about Bolt. 

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Thinking out loud here, I think Moos knew this was coming and if it was going to be Childress or anyone else, an announcement would've been made over the weekend and it would be all over the bottom line during the super regionals.  What if Moos' guy is still coaching?

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1 hour ago, garn said:

Thinking out loud here, I think Moos knew this was coming and if it was going to be Childress or anyone else, an announcement would've been made over the weekend and it would be all over the bottom line during the super regionals.  What if Moos' guy is still coaching?

 

Intriguing suggestion. I think that's unlikely, but to run with it, the guys who are coaching as of right now are:

 

Already in CWS:

 

Mike Martin - Florida State

Dan McDonnell - Louisville

Erik Bakich - Michigan

Chris Lemonis - Mississippi State

Tim Tadlock - Texas Tech

Tim Corbin - Vanderbilt

 

Still in Super Regionals:

 

Butch Thompson - Auburn

Mike Fox - North Carolina

Dave Van Horn - Arkansas

Mike Bianco - Ole Miss

 

I think we could rule out Dave Van Horn - much as we'd all love to have him back, he's not leaving his dream job.

 

Of those guys, who do you see possibly jumping ship and coming to Nebraska? I think any of these guys seems unlikely - what's more likely is an assistant from one of these schools, and I don't think that's going to move anyone's needle.

 

 

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This is just me spitballing but I wonder if there is any way that they can snag O'Connor from UVA?  UVA has kinda spiraled down a bit since winning the title in 2015....missing regionals the past 2 years.  It looks like he's making about $700k/year which is honestly probably underpaying him quite a bit.  I wonder what happens if Nebraska plops down a mil ball+ in front of him...Would be an absolute coup to snag him.

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