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USC Baseball Coach Suspended Pending Investigation

USC baseball coach Frank Cruz has been suspended pending an investigation by the University. 

USC's head baseball coach Frank Cruz has been suspended and is awaiting a USC investigation to figure out if he has committed any NCAA infractions. Specifically, if Cruz allowed the program to exceed the number of Countable-Athletically Related Activities (CARA) hours designated by the NCAA.

The NCAA bylaws cap the number of hours that the coaching staff can direct or supervise activities for their student-athletes. 

USC Athletic Director Pat Haden said in a statement, "We take any potential NCAA infraction seriously. USC Vice President for Athletic Compliance Dave Roberts and his staff will investigate whether the baseball program exceeded the allowable CARA hours, and will do so diligently and expeditiously. Pending the results of the investigation, we have suspended Coach Cruz from all coaching duties." 

Associate head coach Dan Hubbs will serve as the interim head coach and help kick off the team's 2013 season with their alumni game on Sunday February 10 at Dedeaux Field. Cruz is entering his third season with the Trojans. 

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