No Pleasure Cruz

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Frank Cruz endured heavy turbulence off the field this season, while trying to right the ship for USC baseball.  Losses on the field hurt, but the tragic death of his brother Mike has given Frank the perspective to deal with the ups and downs of coaching.

Cruz-Dugout-Jax-McG.JPG"I wasn't able to either appreciate [the wins] or reflect much on the losses we had at that time because as soon as the game was over it was really over," Frank Cruz told the Daily Trojan.  "I'd go home to a bigger part of life.

"It really kept me balanced in terms of what's important. (Being) hired or being fired is not what's important. Life is important. Life and support are what's important."

Click here for the complete story by Nick Burton of the Daily Trojan.

Frank felt the support of the Trojan Family this season when his brother finally passed on Saturday, March 17.  He also enjoyed the growing presence of USC fans at Dedeaux Field, where the Trojans finished 17-13 this year.

The program is in full rebuilding mode going 23-32 in Cruz's second campaign, but the head coach is battle-tested and irrepressible.  He'll fight the good fight until the end just like Mike did.

"He's a great faker," said Frank of his brother to the Daily Trojan. "Even if he's in pain, he'll fake like he's feeling better and make me feel comfortable leaving the house. So he always acted different than he felt. And I try to tell the team that often: act different than you feel. If you struck out, you got to act different, because you're going to come up again later."

(Photo by John McGillen)

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