USC athletic director Pat Haden announced Wednesday afternoon that baseball coach Frank Cruz had been relieved of duty for knowingly violating NCAA CARA rules.
CARA (Countable Athletically Related Activities) rules stipulate a given amount of hours that a coach can facilitate activities for his athletes, and earlier in February, news surfaced that Cruz exceeded that limit. As a result, USC has self-imposed a reduction of practice hours for this baseball season and that on 2014. The university has already alerted the NCAA and Pac-12 of the infraction and their course of action to deal with it.
“Adhering to all NCAA rules is paramount for each one of our coaches, student-athletes and staff members,” said Haden in his official statement.
“Those who knowingly break NCAA rules are subject to termination.”
Cruz had been suspended since Feb. 7 pending an investigation from USC’s compliance department.
With Cruz being removed from the program, USC associate head coach Dan Hubbs, a former Trojan All-American pitcher, will serve as the interim head coach. Hubbs previously spent 12 years as the pitching coach at UC Berkeley following a seven-year pitching career in the minor leagues.
“I’m confident that Dan Hubbs and his staff will lead our team to a successful season,” Haden continued in his statement. “Dan is a good coach, he is highly-regarded in the baseball community and he has strong Trojan roots.”
Cruz had been the head coach at Troy since the 2011 season. In his tenure, the Trojans posted a 48-63 record.