Future of CofC baseball still a mystery: Holbrook out, Foxhall in?
The future of College of Charleston baseball remains a mystery Wednesday as there was question on the interest of a coach sources told ABC News 4 could be the next in line.
A source with knowledge of the situation said former University of South Carolina head coach Chad Holbrook was on CofC's campus last weekend, and was in contact with potential assistant coaches about joining him at CofC.
Wednesday morning, Columbia radio sports talk show host Teddy Heffer tweeted Holbrook was unhappy with what was discussed and had withdrawn his name from consideration. Tweets from D1Baseball.com writer Kendall Rogers also indicated Holbrook was all set to coach in Charleston. Rogers tweeted CofC President Glenn McConnell "changed tune."
ABC News 4 has reached back out to sources close to the situation for more information and clarification. We have also attempted to contact Holbrook and have not yet heard back. We've also reached out to contacts at College of Charleston.
Adding more complexity to the issue -- some close to those making decisions at College of Charleston say Scott Foxhall is the new "guy for the job."
If you are unfamiliar with Foxhall, here's a story we did on him in 2004 -- VIEW VIDEO
Foxhall is currently the pitching coach at NC State. He was hired by the Wolfpack in 2014, and according to the university's website, "immediately had a positive impact with the 2015 Wolfpack pitching staff." He came to NC State by way of Auburn, after previously coaching at CofC. In 2006 with Foxhall leading them, CofC pitchers ranked second nationally with a group ERA of 3.02.
In a letter sent to CofC President Glenn McConnell earlier this week, former members of the Cougar baseball team stated they supported Foxhall as the "most qualified and deserving candidate for this position." The group also said it was "perplexed to see that Chad Holbrook, former head coach at the University of South Carolina, was quickly named as the lead candidate for CofC’s head coaching job in the media. "
The letter signed by 57 former players, more than 20 who are current or former MLB players, described the correspondence as an outline of what those with vested interest in the program believe is the "first step for getting the program back to national prominence."
Check back as we continue to follow this story.
Holbrook resigned as South Carolina's head coach in early June after five seasons with the University. The Gamecocks, who'd won back-to-back College World Series championships prior to Holbrook taking charge of the team, failed to make the postseason twice under Holbrook, including in 2017.
Should Holbrook indeed be named the Cougars' new head coach, he would be replacing Matt Heath, who was fired by the College of Charleston in late June.
Heath has since filed a civil lawsuit against CofC, saying he was denied due process when the college didn't allow him to defend himself against allegations of player abuse used as justification for his firing.
Heath even claims College of Charleston President Glenn McConnell refused to meet with him to discuss the allegations.
Heath served as the Cougars' head coach for two seasons after Monte Lee left to take the head coaching position at Clemson.