Alabama head baseball coach Mitch Gaspard announced on Monday that he will no longer be the head coach for the Crimson Tide.

Gaspard leaves after guiding Alabama to a 234-193 record, four NCAA regional appearances and an NCAA super regional appearance in seven seasons in Tuscaloosa.

Alabama baseball beat writer for the Tuscaloosa News Ben Jones discussed Gaspard’s exit from the Crimson Tide dugout and what lies ahead for the baseball program on The Gary Harris Show.

Jones pointed out that Gaspard took the lead in making his decision to resign from Alabama.

“This is a case where Mitch was able to step in and decide that he wanted to step down and was able to tell the players in person about it yesterday rather than waiting until he had been evaluated later this week or next week and then been let go by the university.” Jones said.

The Alabama baseball beat writer examined the various directions that athletic director Bill Battle could take in hiring a new baseball coach.

Jones believes several factors from upgraded facilities to the financial resources at the university could help land a big name. However, he did mention an open coaching position at another tradition baseball power that could throw a monkey wrench into Alabama’s search for their new baseball coach.

“One thing that might hurt them (Alabama), in this case in particular, is the fact that the Texas job opened up yesterday. If there is a home run hire out there, then you would have to think that Texas would be one of the handful of programs that could maybe outgun Alabama for a really big established college coach.” Jones said.

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