Ray Tanner remains fully committed to Chad Holbrook and the job he is doing. This comes despite the rumblings from some disgruntled fans who are upset over a recent rough patch for the USC baseball team.
“There’s a lot of baseball to be played, we’re in a pretty good position, Tanner said. I know that if we can do what we need to down the stretch we’re not a team that people would look forward to seeing in the postseason with the depth of our pitching staff. You know there’s been a few games there that I know [Holbrook] would like to have back but that’s part of it. I believe in Coach Holbrook, I believe in this program. He’s got some very talented players out there.”
Tanner turned the reigns of the program over to Holbrook five seasons ago when he took over the athletic director post for the Gamecocks. When Tanner retired from coaching the Gamecocks had just finished a third straight trip to the College World Series and had won two national championships. Holbrook has been two a pair of Super Regionals, including one last season, but has yet to take the Gamecocks back to Omaha. Tanner knows first hand how difficult it is to make a run to the College World Series.
“I have been in that dugout. I was in that dugout for a long time. I was in that dugout for a lot of years that were very difficult. We had some good fortune getting to Omaha and I feel very confident that Coach Holbrook knows all about that. He’s been to Omaha more than anybody if you look at his resume. I believe strongly in what he’s doing, how he’s recruiting and I think we’re poised to be a pretty good team in the second half.”
Tanner isn’t blind to the fact some fans aren’t happy. He knows the expectations are lofty for the baseball program. He doesn’t run away from the lofty expectations, but he does have perspective.
“The expectations we have are very special. I’ve always talked about embracing those. It’s not about the pressure, it’s not about people unhappy with baseball, it’s about the expectations. That’s a compliment. Sometimes it gets turned inside out. I think we are in a good place,” said Tanner on the quality of play inside Founder’s Park.
“I lived in that arena at one time. You’re looking at the midway point of the conference play you’re 8-7, you got 15 left and you’ve got nine of them at home down the back stretch. You’re going to get your team back on the field it looks like, knock on wood, healthy all at one point.”
USC is 22-13 overall as they prepare for Davidson Tuesday night. They return to SEC play Thursday night when they open a three game series at Florida.
Take a listen to what Tanner had to say below: