Updated: Fri, 15 Feb 2013 18:03:29 GMT | By Michael Lopez, latino.msn.com

USC coach Frank Cruz fired over violations

The baseball vet broke strict NCAA rules about the number of hours players can practice.


Baseball uniform. © Christian Petersen, Getty Images.

Detail view of a USC Trojan’s Baseball uniform (© Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Clearly USC is not happy about their standing with the NCAA at the moment. Already on probation for football violations relating to former student Reggie Bush, the famed L.A. college is now in hot water over the behavior of former head baseball coach, Frank Cruz.
 
Frank joined the Trojans back in 2010 and so far, has led them through two successful seasons.  But just as his 2013 run was kicking off, things took a turn for the worse. Apparently Cruz had been overworking his team, stretching the 20 hours per week limit that they are allotted to practice.
 
According to NCAA rules, baseball players can only spend four hours per day working with the coach. Extending practice time can only interfere with the students’ studies, it can give them an unfair advantage when playing other teams.
 
As a veteran coach who spent over 15 years on the university circuit, Frank clearly knew those rules. So when it was discovered that he violated them, his contract with USC was quickly terminated.
 
By the sound of things, the school’s staff didn’t think twice about kicking Cruz to the curb.
 
"Adhering to all NCAA rules is paramount for each one of our coaches, student-athletes and staff members," Trojans athletic director Pat Haden said this week.

"Those who knowingly break NCAA rules are subject to termination."
 
Not wasting any time, USC has already announced Frank’s replacement. Associate head coach Dan Hubbs (who used to pitch for the school) has now been promoted with Cruz now officially sitting on the sidelines.
 
What do you think about Frank’s violations?

2Comments
Feb 16, 2013 6:54PM
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Meh...who really cares? They did what they were supposed to do. Applying the rules should not be a big news story, it should be considered "normal"
Feb 16, 2013 8:30AM
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rules are rules.If he broke them then USC has the right to terminate.
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