Thursday, June 5, 2008

Search picks up

Auburn has interviewed two candidates for its vacant head baseball coaching position, according to published reports.

Baylor's Steve Smith and Samford's Casey Dunn apparently are the first to interview for the job, which came open when Tom Slater resigned on May 17.

Smith has led Baylor to nine NCAA Regionals, three Super Regionals and one College World Series. He's also a former assistant at Mississippi State, so he could be a candidate to replace the retiring Ron Polk.

Dunn is the former Auburn catcher. He has said he's interested in the job.

Officials involved in the search also reportedly had contact with Louisville's Dan McDonnell, but he said he's not a candidate.

Other names that have come up in widespread speculation include Jacksonville State's Jim Case, Kentucky's John Cohen, former Florida and Mississippi State coach Pat McMahon and Troy's Bobby Pierce.

Auburn officials hope to have an announcement by the end of this week.

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