NU baseball vs. Arizona State, 5.11

Nebraska coach Darin Erstad talks with outfielder Mojo Hagge during a game against Arizona State on May 11 at Haymarket Park.

Husker athletic director Bill Moos has spoken multiple times about Nebraska being a destination spot for coaches.

That includes baseball.

That job is now open at Nebraska after the unexpected resignation of Darin Erstad on Monday.

Moos will now make his third major men's hire at Nebraska since his arrival in October of 2017, and he believes the resources are in place to make another splash hire, following Scott Frost (football) and Fred Hoiberg (men's basketball).

"You don't come here to get another job, you come here because this is the better job," Moos said during a quick appearance on "Sports Nightly" on Monday. "We have everything in place, I think, to be extremely successful in baseball.

"We'll go out and look for the very best and test the market and make a decision after that."

Moos believes the pieces are in place to make a strong hire despite Nebraska being a northern school.

"I think we've got very good players, we've got good facilities, we've got a passionate fan base. It's all top-notch," Moos said. "This will be very attractive to a lot of people, and, I believe wholeheartedly, to some coaches who have been very successful at this level."

Moos said he hates to see Erstad leave, but understands the personal piece of it.

Asked if this was Erstad's decision, Moos said, "it wasn't mine."

"This is something that I think he's been contemplating for some time, and it really centers on nothing else other (than) I think he wants to spend more time with his family," added Moos, who had nothing but praise for Erstad in a Journal Star interview before the Big Ten Tournament.

Erstad won a Big Ten regular-season title and led the Huskers to three appearances in the Big Ten Tournament finals. He also led NU to four NCAA Tournament appearances.

"That's the kind of résumé I'm looking for in all of our sports programs," Moos said. "I wish him well and we're going to miss him. There's no greater Husker, I don't care whose name you bring up. He's as good as there is."

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Clark Grell is sports editor.

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