Posted: 9:00 a.m. Thursday, June 6, 2013
By Chris Fuhrmeister
It's been a week and a half since Auburn fired head baseball coach John Pawlowski, and since the initial speculation on potential candidates to take over the program, there hasn't been much buzz around the search for a replacement. So, what exactly is going on?
First of all, everything in this post is based on hearsay from folks who are "in the know." In the past, these sources have been right and wrong at times, and if anyone would be in on the scoop, it would be them. That said, there's a lot of contradictory info coming out of Auburn, and it's hard to tell what's accurate and what isn't. Take it for what it's worth.
What to make of it all? Your guess is as good as ours. This isn't like a football coaching search, where everyone is interested and tons of leaks emerge. This is all going on under the radar because, frankly, the majority of Auburn sports fans couldn't name any current college baseball coach.
The fact that Auburn has not yet made a move is telling. It's likely that Jacobs is waiting on someone still participating in the NCAA Tournament. Both Avent and Thompson are preparing for super regionals, so either would make sense as a possible top candidate at this stage in the game. The Tigers could do worse than Thompson, but let's hope Auburn is waiting on Avent -- and let's hope he has mutual interest. The N.C. State coach has a wealth of experience and a proven track record in one of the nation's top conferences, and at 57-years-old, he probably still has at least a decade left in the business.
If Auburn hires Dunn -- or any other coach that isn't currently still playing -- he'll likely be a second or third choice. There's no reason to wait on hiring someone that's just sitting at home.