As much as Kansas University baseball coach Bobby Randall hated to see Mike Boddicker leave the Jayhawks' staff, Randall couldn't help but think he -- and the team -- benefited from Boddicker's short stay.
Boddicker, a 14-year professional baseball player who joined the team as KU's co-pitching coach back in October, told Randall on Monday that he was resigning to spend more time with his family in Overland Park.
"Even though he was here such a short time," Randall said Tuesday, "I'm glad he was here. I'm sorry to lose him. The reason he got out of baseball was to spend more time with his children. He has three children in grade school and one at home. He loved the baseball, but I think the driving back and forth to work and home was too much for him.
"I explained it to Mike. He came in with his eyes open and he thought he know what to expect. But it was wrong. I'll miss him. I liked the heck out of him. But we're going to find an excellent coach. I don't think we'll find a guy who pitched in the major leagues for 13 years, but we'll find a good coach."
Boddicker hired on to fill KU's restricted-earnings position. He was to co-coach the pitching staff with aide Wilson Kilmer. Boddicker had served as a volunteer coach at Avila College and at OP Aquinas High after he retired from pro baseball after the 1992 season.
"There was no question that Mike was the best candidate because of his experience and knowledge," Randall said. "He worked with us for two weeks, and I think the players benefited from that."
Randall said he would wait until the NCAA rules on constraints on the restricted-earnings position at its January meeting before he fills the opening.
Wedd in the fold -- Randall said he had received the letter of intent signed by Lawrence High senior catcher-designated hitter Shane Wedd.
"I was worried that he wasn't going to come," Randall said. "We're really excited about Shane. He's the kind of student and the kind of athlete we want here."
Randall said he expected an early-period class of between five and seven players, but he can't comment on the recruits until he receives their letters of intent.
"We've been going at this almost to the extent of excluding everything else," Randall said. "We made up a lot of ground in one month. We're worn out."
Another member of Randall's first KU recruiting class is Jimmy Terrell, a ballyhooed shortstop out of Tri-City Christian High in Blue Springs, Mo. Terrell signed his letter on Tuesday at the school. He was recruited by Wichita State, Clemson and Oklahoma, among others.