The Pacific-10 Conference’s seat on the Division I baseball committee opened up when Arizona State coach Pat Murphy was ousted, and some insiders believe Stanford coach Mark Marquess is likely to fill the seat.
Reached for comment Wednesday by Baseball America, Marquess said he hadn’t heard officially who is going to fill the seat.
"I was asked by the Pac-10 if I’d be willing to, and I said, ‘Yes, I would,’ " Marquess said.
It’s worth noting that if Marquess is selected to fill the seat, the West will not have any representatives in the room when the NCAA tournament field is filled out, since Stanford has a home series that weekend against Arizona State, and Cal State Fullerton athletic director Brian Quinn’s term has expired. According to a report by Yahoo! Sports, Quinn has been replaced by Valparaiso athletics director Mark LaBarbera.
That leaves the Pac-10′s seat as the lone West Coast voice on the committee. There is just one other coach currently on the committee—Minnesota’s John Anderson—and insiders believe the conference would like to keep its seat occupied by a coach, making Marquess a logical choice. Expect Murphy’s replacement to be announced soon.
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