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USC Head Coach Frank Cruz Suspended

Frank Cruz in the dugout at Dodger Stadium.Head baseball coach Frank Cruz has been suspended by the University of Southern California one week before the season is scheduled to begin.

Cruz has been tasked with returning the Trojans to the national power they were for more than half a century under Rod Dedeaux and Mike Gillespie, but it is being investigated by the university whether he push the players too hard toward that goal. USC will be investigating whether Cruz went over the NCAA’s mandated number of hours student-athletes are allowed to participate.

Coaches are only allowed to make 20 hours of supervised athletic activity mandatory while a sport is in season and only eight hours a week when a sport is out of season. Players are also required to have one day off every week (Monday is most often taken off by baseball teams) during the season and in the offseason, two days per week can’t have activity scheduled for the players.

Players are free to spend more time lifting weights, conditioning, watching film, hitting in the cages, etc. But that time can not be required by the coaching staff.

USC has suspended Cruz pending the results of the school’s investigation.

“We take any potential NCAA infraction seriously,” USC Athletic Director Pat Haden said in a press release. “USC Vice President for Athletic Compliance Dave Roberts and his staff will investigate whether the baseball program exceeded the allowable CARA hours, and will do so diligently and expeditiously. Pending the results of the investigation, we have suspended Coach Cruz from all coaching duties.”

Associate head coach and pitching coach Dan Hubbs will take over as the interim head coach. The Trojans are set to open the season next Friday at Cal State Fullerton.

  • http://collegebaseballdaily.com/ Brian Foley

    I would think USC would come down hard on Cruz here…This is a pretty severe accusation.

    • GuerillaBaller

      Actually isn’t a severe accusation at all

      • http://collegebaseballdaily.com/ Brian Foley

        NCAA violations at USC is going to be dealt with pretty severely with the football issues in the past.

  • Mert Johnson

    That’s why Cruz got ran out of LMU, he grinded players way to hard and went through assistant coaches like Tiger Woods went through Waffle house waitresses. USC and Pat
    Haden got what they deserve, they should have never given Cruz the HC Job. Haden does not care about baseball and wasted the opportunity to go after top tier head coaches like Dave Serrano (Tenn) and Andy Lopez (UofA). Haden went cheap and the program is paying for it, not that he cares. USC continues to circle the bowl while Oregon as built an Omaha contener from nothing, and UCLA has dominated the west coast baseball. Fight On! (football only)

    • http://collegebaseballdaily.com/ Brian Foley

      USC hasn’t appeared in Omaha since 2001 and haven’t won a CWS title since 1998 and didn’t win one before that since 1978. The College Baseball game has changed a ton in the last 25 years and the program hasn’t adapted at all.