How Does Erstad Fit?

Is former Nebraska All-American and MLB All-Star Darin Erstad a contender for the head coach opening? While it doesn't seem likely, Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne did say on Tuesday nighty he would like to see Erstad back in 2012.

Is former Nebraska All-American and MLB All-Star Darin Erstad a contender for the Nebraska head baseball coach opening?

Appearing during his weekly radio show on Husker Sports Nightly, Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne wouldn't hint to either direction, but at the same time didn't shoot down the idea.

"We have talked a little bit, Darin's at a point in his life where he's put in a lot of hard years in pro baseball. He's traveled a lot, he was away from his family, said Osborne. "I think he's got to decide whether he's interested in being a full-time coach, or does he want to be a little peripheral and be more involved with his family."

Serving as a volunteer coach on the Nebraska staff this past season, Erstad was in charge of hitting. There .269 average was good for just 8th in the Big 12 overall, down from .301 in 2010. But with less than a year working with the hitters, is it too early to gauge the results?

"One thing that had hurt is when I read in the paper that I had fired all of his assistants," said Osborne. "I thought, I probably wouldn't have fired Darin (laughter).

"I would like to see Darin stay with the program in some fashion. Who could really object to having someone like Darin be a volunteer? I mean, that is a pretty good price to have that type of help. So, I would imagine, if he wants to there will be some involvement."

The former No. 1 pick in the 1995 Major League Baseball Draft, Erstad played 14 seasons in the big leagues, making two All-Star teams and batting .282 lifetime.

With little coaching experience, the North Dakota native would have to use his name to help recruits players to Lincoln. During his time as a player with Nebraska from 1993 to 1995, Erstad collected 261 hits, batting .410 with 19 homers in his final year.

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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