A day after Nebraska finished the regular season in last place in the Big 12, the school announced it is parting ways with head coach Mike Anderson after nine seasons.
After sweeping a doubleheader from Missouri on Saturday, the Cornhuskers finished the season 30-25 (9-17 in the Big 12). They will miss regionals this spring for the third straight year, after reaching the NCAA tournament in five of Anderson's first six seasons. In his nine seasons, Anderson guided the Nebraska program to a 337-196-2 record, including two Big 12 titles (2003 and 2005) and the school's third College World Series appearance in 2005. In that season, Nebraska won a school-record 57 games and the Huskers captured the program's first CWS victory.
But the Cornhuskers have not won more than 10 conference games since 2008.
"I appreciate the efforts of Mike Anderson and his coaching staff, but I have made the decision to change the direction of our baseball program," Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne said in a release. "Mike has done an outstanding job with our baseball program academically, and he enjoyed outstanding success on the field early in his head coaching career here at Nebraska. I want to thank him for all of his hard work and everything he has done for our baseball program."
Anderson spent eight years as a Nebraska assistant before taking over as head coach in June of 2002.
"It has been an honor and a privilege to serve our student-athletes at the University of Nebraska over the past 15 years," Anderson said in the release. "I am humbled to have worked with so many great people who shared a vision of positive influence on young men's and women's lives. I would like to thank our coaching staff and extended coaching staff for their commitment to our student-athletes."
Osborne said he has no definitive timetable for hiring a replacement. With the Cornhuskers heading to the Big Ten next year, long-time Minnesota assistant Rob Fornasiere might be a good fit. Fornasiere knows the ins and outs of the Big Ten, and BA's 2008 Assistant Coach of the Year has proven he can build a winner at a cold-weather school. Other top assistants in that general region include Oklahoma's Tim Tadlock, Baylor's Mitch Thompson (the 2006 Assistant Coach of the Year), Oklahoma State's Billy Jones and Texas Christian's Tony Vitello (who helped build six straight regional teams at Missouri).
Or Nebraska could make a run at an established head coach like Kansas State's Brad Hill, Oral Roberts' Rob Walton, Illinois State's Mark Kingston, New Mexico's Ray Birmingham, Dallas Baptist's Dan Heefner or even rival Creighton's Ed Servais.
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