Youthful U-M Baseball Coach

     Amazing that Michigan is apparently willing to pay $400,000 per year for its new baseball coach who is all of 34 years old.  Apparently Maryland's Erik Bakich is the guy and he had a 70-90 record in three seasons with the Terrapins.  Apparently U-M athletic director David Brandon sees something besides that record.

     Kent State coach Scott Stricklin, who some think is arrogant, hints to his following that he turned down the Michigan job, which I heard more than a week ago.  Kent State made the College World Series for the first time and Stricklin was thought at the time to be Michigan's front runner to replace the fired Rich Maloney.

     I don't think Michigan State coach Jake Boss makes anything close to $400,000.  Whether Bakich is the real deal or not remains to be seen but Brandon's choice is unique to say the least.  Bakich was also an assistant at Clemson and Vanderbilt before going to Maryland and his team had a 32-24 record this past season.  He'll need to hit the ground running because Michigan was 22-34 this past season missing the Big Ten tournament for the second year in a row.

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