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.
*** 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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