Heads up, LSU baseball fans.
Tigers coach Paul Mainieri may be seriously considering a departure from Baton Rouge.
According to a report from D1Baseball.com’s Kendall Rogers, Mainieri has interviewed for the coaching opening at Texas and remains a legitimate candidate.
— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogersD1) June 16, 2016
The Advocate reported that Mainieri, now 58 years old, signed a contract extension with the Tigers prior to the 2016 season that was intended to keep him at LSU through 2020. His base salary is reported to be $750,000 per season.
He would have big shoes to fill in Austin, where legendary coach Augie Garrido was reassigned to a position within the Longhorns athletics department last month. The 77 year old leaves his post as college baseball’s winningest coach (1,975 career victories). He took 15 teams to the College World Series, winning five national championships during his storied career at Texas and Cal State Fullerton.
Mainieri has spent the last 10 years at LSU, winning a national championship in 2009. In 2015, he was honored as the national coach of the year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.