Gamecock coach Holbrook to remain at South Carolina

South Carolina assistant coach Chad Holbrook
South Carolina assistant coach Chad Holbrook

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - South Carolina Gamecock baseball assistant Chad Holbrook has told the University of Tennessee that he no longer wants to be considered for their baseball head coaching job.

"I am flattered by the interest of the University of Tennessee but am withdrawing my name from consideration for the head coaching position in Knoxville," Holbrook said in a statement released by South Carolina. Tennessee is a great institution with a great athletic program but at this point in my career I belong here at South Carolina. My family and I love the University and Columbia and we look forward to continuing to build on the championship program we've been so fortunate to be a part of."

Holbrook interviewed for the position on Tuesday, but had made it known previously that it would take a "dream-type" situation for him to leave the Gamecocks.

According to a report by The Charleston Post and Courier, Holbrook was not entirely comfortable with the current state of UT's athletic department.

Last Tuesday, UT's men's athletic director, Mike Hamilton, resigned after receiving NCAA notices of allegations for 12 violations against the universities football and men's basketball programs. Joan Cronan, Tennessee's women's athletic director, will step in as the school's interim director of athletics until a permanent replacement is found.

Holbrook, the Gamecocks' hitting coach, is considered one of the top recruiters in the country. South Carolina won the 2010 College World Series and has a chance to defend its title as one of eight teams remaining in this years tournament.