Published Monday, February 13, 2012 AT 12:57 PM / Updated at 3:16 PM
Baseball: Gwynn open to playing Nebraska
Jon Nyatawa Omaha World-Herald

San Diego State coach Tony Gwynn wouldn’t promise anything, but he said he’ll consider scheduling a non-conference series with Nebraska.

Imagine: Gwynn, the Hall of Famer with long-lasting name recognition, standing in a dugout opposite Nebraska’s Darin Erstad, the 14-year pro whose sudden jump to college coaching mirrored that of the long-time San Diego Padre. Could make for an easy attention-grabber, a way for both programs to promote their well-known leaders.

“That would be cool,” Gwynn said. “Tell Darin I might be giving him a call.”

Gwynn was kind enough to spend nearly 25 minutes talking with me about the challenges he faced during his early years at SDSU. If you missed it, Gwynn’s story and how that may compare to Erstad’s rebuilding project is here.

This quote from Gwynn didn’t make the article: “I’m ecstatic for (Erstad), especially going back to his alma mater. This is exactly where he wants to be. You can tell there’s a tradition at Nebraska that he wants to implement.”

A few more Husker-related baseball notes are below (the season starts Friday) …

>> At some point this week, the Big Ten office will release the league’s preseason poll (top 6 teams, according to the coaches). Purdue has been tabbed as the conference favorite by Baseball America and

>> This is a leftover quote from Erstad, promising unpredictability regarding the lineup during the first few weeks of the season. “If you come to the game, bring your roster. Because we are going to fire up all kinds of combinations.”

>> Junior right-hander Chris Williams, from Omaha Westside, is no longer with the NU program. He appeared in two games last year.

>> Junior Kurt Farmer’s having no issues making the defensive transition from first to third. According to Erstad, Farmer has the “best hands” on the team and the “strongest arm” in the infield. No big deal for Farmer. “There’s just something about third base I love,” Farmer said. “I’ve played the left side pretty much my whole life, besides last year. It’s actually more comfortable for me still.”

About Jon Nyatawa

Jon Nyatawa has covered local sports, primarily Nebraska football, for The Omaha World-Herald since 2008. He and his laptop, cell phone, tape recorder, pen and notebook all live in Lincoln. Follow him on Twitter: @JonNyatawa. Email him here: He welcomes feedback.


  1. Mike says:

    It would be really cool to have a tournament @ TD Ameritrade or Werner Park with CU, Nebraska, SD St., UNO, and have a double-header pitting SD St. vs NU, and CU vs UNO on Saturday and then CU vs SD St. and NU vs UNO the following game on a Sunday. You could even have the CU vs NU game played on that Sunday after a UNO-San Diego St. match-up. I’m sure that Coach Erstad would like to play at San Diego St. early in the baseball season and take advantage of the weather.

  2. macjones says:

    Erstad just like lil Bo. Haha! Flunky who dat! Little10 better than Erstad. Texas der tha persons to beet! Haha! LilRed smoke some meats. Meats who dat? Haha! Good luck lilred haha!