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Vanderbilt Manager's Powerful Message About College Baseball Is Going Viral

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OMAHA, NE - JUNE 24: The NCAA logo is shown on the field before the Oregon State Beavers game against the North Carolina Tar Heels during game one of the NCAA College World Series Baseball Championship at Rosenblatt Stadium on June 24, 2006 in Omaha, Nebraska. The Tar Heels defeated the Beavers 4-3. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Vanderbilt manager Tim Corbin has the Commodores in the College World Series Final for the fourth time in nine years and is seeking his second national championship. But he's made the news this weekend for a powerful statement about the state of college baseball.

On Sunday, Corbin was asked to give his thoughts on a recent plea by Mississippi State star Jake Mangum to allow a third paid assistant in college baseball. The issue has been a point of contention for several top college baseball coaches, and Corbin decided the time was right to make a major statement.

Corbin bluntly said that the NCAA refusing to allow the third assistant to be anything other than a volunteer is "the most short-sighted-thinking aspect of our game." He made it clear that the policy runs a risk of driving people of all walks of life the opportunity to develop a career in baseball.

Earlier this year, the NCAA voted against a proposal that would made the third assistant a paid employee.

I can’t believe we’ve done that to ourselves. I can’t believe that we didn’t overturn that and say, we’ll revisit it in 2022. 2022? I don’t know if I’ll be alive. We walk around and think that we’re going to be living the next day. No, that should be adjusted immediately. It’s something that needs to be done.

Corbin called the current "baffling" and "sad," and called for the policy to be "adjusted quickly, without question."

His comments certainly made waves on social, as the interview on the SEC Network Twitter page saw hundreds of likes and retweets within a matter of minutes.

If Vanderbilt can beat Michigan to win the College World Series, you can probably bet that he'll have a lot more to say when it's all over.