No one more beautifully exemplified the Trojan spirit than did Rod Dedeaux. What a mark he left on NCAA baseball and what a record at USC. He may not continue on the bench, but his spirit will be there!
RICHARD E. THOMAS
I know this is devious reasoning, but Rod Dedeaux of the Trojans retires with at least a finger in one more NCAA baseball title.
If his so-so 1986 team hadn't unexpectedly swept a three-game series with the high-flying Stanford Cardinal, Arizona wouldn't have finished in second place in the southern division of the Pac-10 and the Wildcats probably wouldn't have received an invitation (as a third-place team) to the regional.
Congratulations to the Arizona Wildcats and their well-deserved NCAA title, yet another for the Pac-10.