FIU baseball coach Turtle Thomas is a candidate for the vacant Maryland head coaching job. Comes as no surprise that TT is getting offers, especially after producing the greatest turnaround (14-win improvement) in FIU baseball history.
The Terps, who have been a middle of the pack team in the ACC for some time, are bringing TT up to College Park later this week for an interview and are expected to make a decision on their next head coach by the end of the week.
Spoke with TT and here's what he had to say on the job opening:
"It came out of the blue. I didn't apply for the job. A gentleman I vaguely know that went to school there and is in charge of finding the right candidate remembered me from my 10 years in the ACC with Clemson and Georgia Tech. The athletic director left me a message to bring me in for an interview."
On the potential of the Maryland job:
"The thing that is attractive is that Maryland is in a good baseball conference. I've been up there in College Park a number of times when I was at Georgia Tech and Clemson. But Maryland is at the bottom of the conference looking up, but you can kind of work your way up there."
On the potential of FIU:
"We really made a nice turnaround in the last year and we're building something here. I didn't want to lose Tom Ebert [Ebert signed with the Red Sox on Saturday]. We need to get another starting pitcher for next year. I enjoy living in Miami a lot. I like the area and talent level for baseball in South Florida and throughout Florida. I like the weather and everything as far as baseball is concerned. I like that when I came back from Arizona State that I was able to move right back into my Miami home."
Is money going to be a factor in his decision:
"No money is not a factor."
So what's the feeling TT has right now about the whole scenario?:
"I don't really know how I feel right now."
While TT figures out the scenario presented to him, you let us know what you think of the job Turtle has done in his 2 years at FIU....