I spent the day Tuesday trying to track down MSU baseball coach David Grewe. I left a message on his cell phone as I'm sure others have done as well. Is he going to LSU as an associate head coach or staying in East Lansing for a fourth season? Who knows, but obviously it would be unique for an MSU head coach to leave and take an assistant's job elsewhere. I am told the LSU money is significantly more than what he makes here. He would be reunited with his former Notre Dame head coach, Paul Manieri, who has done well in Baton Rouge. Grewe was an assistant for him at Notre Dame when MSU came calling three years ago.
But Grewe has not had a winning season at MSU and has a 75-85 record over all, 40-53 in the Big Ten. He loses a couple of underclassmen to the major league draft and he also loses some decent seniors. Whether he can move up in the conference next season remains to be seen. I don't think his pitching is very good nor has it been during his tenure. MSU used 18 pitchers this past season, fashioning a 24-29 record and losing the last four games, all at home, to mediocre Indiana.
Michigan State usually doesn't divulge whether it gives permission to other schools to talk to its coaches. MSU actually phoned the media on this one to tell of Grewe's participation possibilites at LSU. That tells me MSU won't fight to keep him for whatever reasoning. I am not suggesting bad blood between the parties, but clearly there is frustration over the Spartans' struggles of the past few seasons. The new 2,500 permanent grandstand is due to open in time for next season. MSU has not been to the NCAA tournament since 1979 and has made all of one College World Series appearance, back in 1954. Stay tuned.