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USC baseball Coach Cruz fired

Feb. 14, 2013 at 1:01 AM   |   Comments

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- University of Southern California head baseball Coach Frank Cruz was fired Wednesday for violating NCAA practice time rules, the school announced.

USC Athletic Director Pat Haden said Cruz knowingly violated rules that limit the time athletes can spend on the practice field and participating in organized team activities.

"Adhering to all NCAA rules is paramount for each one of our coaches, student-athletes and staff members," Haden said. "Those who knowingly break NCAA rules are subject to termination."

Cruz was suspended Feb. 7 pending an athletic department probe.

Named to replace him was associate head Coach Dan Hubbs, who before joining USC last season had spent 12 years as the pitching coach at California.

Cruz had compiled a 48-63 record while guiding the Trojans.

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