Feb. 13, 2013


Cruz fired at USC


Less than a week after being suspended, USC head coach Frank Cruz has been fired for exceeding NCAA Countable Athletically-Related Activities (CARA) hours.


CARA rules restrict the amount of time student-athletes can spend in activities directed by or supervised by the coaching staff.


The school has also self-imposed a reduction in the number of practice session hours for the Trojans this season and next. USC has made the NCAA and Pac-12 aware of the infraction.


Associate head coach Dan Hubbs has been elevated to head coach. The former USC All-American pitcher is in his second season on staff with the Trojans. He spent 12 years as pitching coach at California after a seven-year professional career.


Cruz was 48-63 in two seasons as head coach at USC.


The Trojans open the 2013 season on Feb. 15 at Cal State Fullerton.