Who will be IU's next baseball coach?

Indiana athletic director Fred Glass should have plenty of good options when he looks to hire a new baseball coach. Read on to see who some of those candidates could potentially be.

So Tracy Smith is out at Indiana and headed to Arizona State where he is expected to take assistants Ben Greenspan and Brandon Higelin with him.

Now IU athletic director Fred Glass needs to find a replacement and likely needs to do so pretty quickly as a busy recruiting season is well underway.

The good news for Indiana is that the program couldn't be in a much better position. The Hoosiers are coming off of back-to-back Big Ten regular season and conference tournament titles and a trip to the College World Series just two years ago.

IU just finished its second season in state-of-the-art Bart Kaufman Field which should also be a major plus in attracting the next coach.

So where will Glass turn? Here are a couple of names that have been tossed out there as possibilities:

*** Scott Googins, Xavier: Googins just completed his ninth season at Xavier and many believe he would be the perfect fit at Indiana. If the Hoosiers could land Googins, they would be picking up a class individual as well as a respected college baseball coach.

*** Dan McDonnell, Louisville: Would McDonnell be interested? That's the question. Louisville is already a national power in college baseball but some believe he would give IU a long look.

*** Rick Maloney, Ball State: Not sure if this is a sexy enough pick for Glass, but Maloney has done some good things early since taking over the Ball State program.

*** Ty Neal, Cincinnati: It has only been a year since Neal left Indiana after serving eight seasons as Smith's pitching coach and taking over the head coaching job with the Bearcats. Cincinnati was 22-31 last season but you have to think Neal might at least get a look from Glass.

As the next days and weeks pass, there will likely be a lot of names thrown out and potentially a lot of interest nationally not just regionally if Glass chooses to go that direction.

AllHoosiers.com will continue to follow this story closely.

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