USF's Mark Kingston expected to stay put, get raise
Third-year USF baseball coach Mark Kingston, whose name recently has been attached to at least two Power Five vacancies, is expected to remain with the Bulls.
At least two sources close to Kingston have indicated he has decided to stay put. It's almost certain Kingston, who has led USF to the NCAA Tournament twice in three seasons, will get a significant bump from his current $140,000 annual salary.
Baseball America's Michael Lananna reported via Twitter on Wednesday that Kingston was on Virginia Tech's campus, presumably to discuss the Hokies coaching vacancy. He also had been listed as a candidate for the opening at Alabama.
Widely considered one of the nation's premier recruiters, Kingston, 47, has amassed a 100-78-1 record at USF, reaching the 100-victory mark faster than any USF coach not named Eddie Cardieri. In eight seasons as a head coach, including five at Illinois State, he's 273-180-1 with only one losing season.
The 2017 Bulls finished 42-19, winning 19 games in a row during non-conference play and posting road victories against FSU and Florida.
"Mark is phenomenal," ESPN college baseball analyst Mike Rooney said recently. "When he was hired by USF, everyone across the country just basically said, 'Okay, there you go, look out.' For them to make the regional in (Kingston's) first year, that was incredible."