Amid interest from Texas, LSU has reportedly offered baseball coach Paul Mainieri a significant boost in pay to stay in Baton Rouge, according to The Advocate.
Mainieri, who guided the Tigers to a win over Texas for the 2009 national title, was in a meeting with LSU athletic director Joe Alleva on Thursday afternoon, according to the report. Texas has apparently offered its job to Mainieri.
LSU’s effort to keep Mainieri comes in the wake of a source informing the American-Statesman of Texas’ interest in the highly successful coach, who has taken LSU to the College World Series four times in 10 years.
Mainieri, 58, makes $750,000 in base salary, but will probably see that figure grow closer to $1 million to reflect the going rate this offseason. Since Texas parted ways with Augie Garrido on Memorial Day, Mainieri is believed to be the fifth coach to get a pay increase following Louisville’s Dan McDonnell, TCU’s Jim Schlossnagle, Florida’s Kevin O’Sullivan and possibly Virginia’s Brian O’Connor.
Texas’ top target is believed to be UCLA’s John Savage, who has not returned calls from the Statesman.
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