The Maryland Baseball Team named Vanderbilt Assistant Erik Bakich as it’s replacement for Terry Rupp today. What is impressive (considering the mediocre records) is this is only the Terps sixth head coach in 116 years. What does Bakich bring to the table? It appears he has done very well recruiting for Vanderbilt over the last seven years. While there he added top 25 classes all seven years, had the top rated class in 2005, and the second rated class in 2009.
I wish Mr. Bakich lots of luck. He was comparing his early days at Vanderbilt to Maryland’s current situation. I am not sure how many scholarships the Commodores have, but it appears they give out their full allotment of 11.7. If Maryland wants to compete in the ACC, they have to be fully funded.
Bakich is young, has a little knowledge of the ACC (was a volunteer assistant for Clemson before going to Vanderbilt), and has a track record for recruiting. He says he wants to concentrate on in state players and really lock down the state. To me that sounds like Debbie Yow is saying your recruiting budget is next to nothing. Only time will tell, and if history is any indication, Bakich is going to be around for a while to try and turn around the program.