Dave Brandon will have to wait a little longer if he has any interest in having Scott Stricklin as Michigan’s next baseball coach.
Stricklin is a little busy this week after guiding Kent State past Oregon in the Super Regional to give the Golden Flashes their first trip to the College World Series.
In fact, the 40-year-old Stricklin is probably on everyone’s radar now that Kent State is in the CWS. After all, midwest schools and CWS appearances don’t go hand-in-hand.
Michigan was the last Big Ten school to compete in the CWS and that was in 1984. Ohio State was the last Big Ten school to win a national title and that was in 1966.
A lot of Big Ten fans thought No. 15 Purdue had a chance to reach Omaha this year … that was until the Boilermakers were knocked out of their regional by Kent State.
Yes, Stricklin’s stock is on the rise. He is in the CWS for the first time since 2002 when he was assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Georgia Tech. He has done a tremendous job in his eight years at Kent, reaching the regional final last year following a win over No. 5 Texas in Austin.
Brandon has to be taking notice. The question is can he reel Stricklin in to replace Rich Maloney as the Wolverines’ new coach.