Texas has expressed interest in Oregon State’s Pat Casey and has identified him as a top candidate to be its next baseball coach, according to a source familiar with the search.
Casey, 57, is coming off of his 22nd season at Oregon State, where he led the Beavers to consecutive national titles in 2007 and 2006.
This past season, OSU failed to make the NCAA postseason but finished tied for third in the Pac-12 despite losing all three of its weekend starting pitchers to injuries. In response, Casey elevated Austin High graduate Travis Eckert to the Friday role, and Eckert went 6-4 with a 3.28 ERA.
Casey’s salary at OSU is believed to be just shy of $1 million, making him one of the highest paid coaches in the game. In 2011, Casey considered stepping down and taking an administrative position in the Oregon State athletic department.
Though he’s been entrenched in Corvallis since 1995, Casey may be growing restless after the last two seasons ended in frustration. This year, the Beavers were left out of the postseason despite finishing No. 44 in the RPI, which was just one spot lower than fellow Pac-12 school Arizona State, the second seed in the TCU regional. In 2015, OSU was shipped off to the Dallas Baptist regional despite a resume worthy of hosting after finishing second in the Pac-12. In game one, OSU beat Texas, 5-4.
On Sunday, Virginia’s Brian O’Connor took to Twitter to squash rumors he is a candidate at Texas or any other opening. O’Connor is at least the fourth coach who has taken himself out of the running at Texas along with Florida’s Kevin O’Sullivan, TCU’s Jim Schlossnagle and Louisville’s Dan McDonnell.
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