If LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri ends up leaving LSU for Texas, it won’t be done without an effort to keep him in Baton Rouge.
According to a new report from The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger, the Tigers have offered Mainieri what is considered a “significant raise” after a Thursday afternoon meeting between the baseball coach and LSU athletics director Joe Alleva.
The financial details of the offer were not readily available. Prior to the 2016 season, Mainieri received an extension, but not a raise, to a contract which pays him a reported $750,000. The contract runs through 2020.
Reports surfaced earlier on Thursday indicating that Mainieri had interviewed with Texas for their baseball coach opening and was considered a serious candidate to replace college baseball coaching legend Augie Garrido.
Dellenger expects a decision to be made soon.
Ball's in his court.https://t.co/aIXiX4m3sk
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) June 16, 2016
It was announced in late May that Garrido, who is 77 years old and a five-time national champion, would not be returning to his role as head coach for the Longhorns in 2017.