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                  === USC fires baseball coach Frank Cruz ===
 
 Los  Angeles, CA  (Sports Network)  -  The University  of Southern  California
 fired baseball head coach Frank Cruz on Wednesday for knowingly violating NCAA
 Countable  Athletically-Related  Activities rules  for limits on practice time
 and organized team activities.
 
 The  CARA  rules restrict  the number  of hours  student-athletes can spend on
 activities directed or supervised by the coaching staff.
 
 Additionally,  USC has  self-imposed a  reduction  in the  number of  practice
 session hours for the baseball team for both this season and next year.
 
 "Adhering to all NCAA rules is paramount for each one of our coaches, student-
 athletes  and staff members," USC athletic director Pat Haden said. "Those who
 knowingly break NCAA rules are subject to termination."
 
 Associate  head coach  Dan Hubbs  will take  over full  duties as  head coach.
 Hubbs,  a  former All-American pitcher  for USC, spent  the past 12 seasons as
 California's  pitching  coach before joining  the Trojans' coaching staff last
 season.
 
 "I'm confident that Dan Hubbs and his staff will lead our team to a successful
 season,"  said Haden.  "Dan is  a  good coach,  he is  highly-regarded in  the
 baseball community and he has strong Trojan roots."
 
 USC  announced it  had  suspended Cruz  from all  coaching  duties pending  an
 investigation by the university on Feb. 7.
 
 Over two seasons as head coach, Cruz guided the Trojans to a 48-63 record.
 
 USC begins its 2013 regular season at Cal State Fullerton on Friday.
 
 
 
 
 02/13 23:45:58 ET