Tennessee has scheduled an 11 a.m. press conference Thursday, presumably to announce its next head coach. Yesterday the Vols flew to Atlanta to meet with Michigan coach Rich Maloney, but Maloney agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Wolverines today, taking him out of the running for the Volunteers job. Reports out of Knoxville are now indicating that the Vols will hire Western Carolina coach Todd Raleigh. He might not be a big name that will knock anyone’s socks off, but Raleigh is a good coach who did a tremendous job with the Catamounts this season, guiding them to the finals of the Chapel Hill regional. WCU uses an SEC style of play, relying on offense and home runs, so he should fit right in in his new conference.
That story also reports that Tennessee shortstop/second baseman Tony Delmonico, the son of deposed coach Rod Delmonico, will transfer to Florida State. That move makes plenty of sense, as the elder Delmonico used to be an assistant under FSU coach Mike Martin, and the Seminoles will need someone to replace All-American shortstop Tony Thomas.
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