Texas Tech coach Tim Tadlock throws during batting practice at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., Friday, June 17, 2016. Texas Tech will play TCU on Sunday in the NCAA men's baseball College World Series. (AP Photo/Mike Theiler)

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Texas whiffs again on baseball search — this time on Tech’s Tim Tadlock

Posted June 28th, 2016

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Texas Tech’s Tim Tadlock is the latest coach to remove himself from consideration for the Texas job.

Tadlock, who sources say had mutual interest with Texas, announced on his Twitter page that he is staying at his alma mater where he has guided Texas Tech to the College World Series twice in the past three years. After hours of speculation that he might take the Texas job, Tadlock cleared up the matter late Tuesday afternoon, posting “My family and I are Red Raiders.”

At best count, Tadlock is the 10th coach to pull out of the search since Texas dismissed Augie Garrido 30 days ago on Memorial Day. Among the candidates who declined overtures from UT are two other Big 12 coaches: TCU’s Jim Schlossnagle and Oklahoma State’s Josh Holliday.

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At issue, perhaps, was a non-compete clause in Tadlock’s contract forbidding him from taking another job in the Big 12. In May, he signed an extension with Tech that’ll pay him $375,000 annually next season.

Expect Texas to now circle back to Tulane’s David Pierce or Houston’s Todd Whitting, who each interviewed on June 18.

And who knows, maybe the Horns will make a push for Arizona’s Jay Johnson, who is one win away from winning a national title with the Wildcats in his first season. Johnson is believed to be making about $300,000 at Arizona, which is nowhere near the $1 million-plus he would make at Texas.

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