After Michigan baseball head coach Erik Bakich reportedly interviewed for the South Carolina opening for the same position, UM athletic director Warde Manuel offered a new contract to keep Bakich in Ann Arbor, per Detroit News.
Bakich’s five-year contract at Michigan expired after the 2017 season, but Manuel wants to renew the deal as Bakich has flirted with the opportunity of joining one of college baseball’s blue-bloods.
“I love Erik and want him to stay here, but people have to make choices they want to make,” Manuel told Detroit News. “I hope he stays. He’s done a terrific job at Michigan. We have been talking about him returning for a few months now. He has those terms and everything we put on the table. This was the last year of a five-year deal, and we offered him another five-year deal to stay. He’s doing a great job.”