South Carolina sports information confirmed late Sunday night that assistant coach Chad Holbrook will interview for the vacant head coaching position at Tennessee this week.
The Volunteers fired Todd Raleigh at the end of this season after four seasons on the job.
After a playing career at North Carolina from 1990 to 1993, Holbrook, 40, spent 15 seasons on the UNC staff before coming to USC before the 2009 season. The Tar Heels made three consecutive College World Series appearances from 2006-08 with Holbrook, and the Gamecocks won a national championship last season with Holbrook serving as the recruiting coordinator, hitting instructor and third-base coach.
Last summer Holbrook was given a new multi-year deal that included a $30,000 raise as well as incentive-based bonuses. His three-year contract has an annual base salary of $160,000. The incentives are one month’s salary — approximately $13,000 — if the Gamecocks reach the NCAA tournament, $5,000 if the team makes it to the College World Series and one more month’s salary if USC captures the national title.
If Holbrook terminates the contract, he would owe USC $25,000. If USC ends the contract without cause, it would owe Holbrook his base salary for the remainder of the deal.