Fantastic news, Bruins!
The LA Times is reporting that Head Baseball Coach John Savage, fresh off U.C.L.A.'s first ever College World series Championship, turned down a $1 million+ offer from *$c and accepted a contract extension that will keep him in Westwood through 2025.
John Savage will remain UCLA's baseball coach, with a raise and a long contract extension, after USC tried to pry him away.
UCLA has offered to extend the national championship-winning coach's contract through 2025, pending approval by the university's board of regents, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations.
Savage was paid more than $300,000 annually, including bonuses, by the terms of his previous UCLA contract, which ran through 2017. USC's offer was more than $1 million per year, which would have made Savage the highest-paid coach in the nation.
The dollar terms of Savage's extension were not noted in the article.
Given Savage's history with Southern Cal (he was their pitching coach from 1996-2000 before taking the head coaching job at Irvine) and with the insane amount of money that Pat Haden offered, this is pretty impressive. The Bruin baseball team is enjoying its best run in history under Coach Savage, with a CWS appearance in 3 of the last 4 years, and the contract that the trogans offered shows just how highly regarded he is.
It's also interesting that we know our esteemed AD has been out of the country for the last week, so the timeline of the competing offers and Savage's decision would be pretty interesting to know in more detail. Guerrero has done a million things worth getting canned for, but he got this one right, and the Bruins are fortunate that Coach Savage will continue wearing Blue and Gold.
Coach Savage made this leap of faith for U.C.L.A. Now let's get our athletic administration to return the favor with the necessary upgrades to our baseball facilities and the fan support from all of us that Coach Savage and his team deserve.