Remove Dan McDonnell from the list of candidates for the Texas baseball job.
On Wednesday, Louisville announced it had given McDonnell a five-year contract extension and made him the nation’s highest paid coach at $1 million annually. The deal could keep McDonnell at Louisville through the 2026 season.
This appears to be a blow to Texas, which may have been interested in tabbing McDonnell, who has taken Louisville to the College World Series three times in 10 years, to replace Augie Garrido, who was let go on Monday after 20 seasons and reassigned to the role of special assistant to athletic director Mike Perrin.
What’s also significant to Texas is that McDonnell’s new deal sets the market for other schools to sweeten the salaries of their coaches. This past season, Texas was the only school that paid its coach more than $1 million. Now, it has company.
It will be of interest to see if Florida (Kevin O’Sullivan), Virginia (Brian O’Connor) TCU (Jim Schlossnagle) and other schools with premier coaches follow Louisville’s lead and lock up their coaches before Texas can get to them.
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