The search for the next baseball head coach at the University of Texas has not been going well. While a new report on Horns247.com says that Texas AD Mike Perrin may be ready to try to steal UCLA baseball head coach John Savage, there is finally a reason for Bruin baseball fans to breathe a sigh of relief.
In a statement issued via the UCLA Baseball twitter account, John Savage is quoted as saying:
It’s always good to be wanted and respected by your peers, but UCLA is home to me and my family. I am extremely proud of the program we’ve been able to build here and value the bond I have with our AD Dan Guerrero. UCLA is a place where I know we can compete every year for a Pac-12 and National Championship, and I look forward to continuing to develop successful young men here in Westwood both on and off the field.
Here’s the tweet.
Well that makes a bad week a little worse for Perrin’s search.
It started with Florida’s Kevin O’Sullivan as the Longhorns’ top choice, but the Gators didn’t want to lose him and are working on a lucrative contract extension. Then, Virginia head coach Brian O’Connor tweeted out that he was staying in Charlottesville. Since then, it was reported by the Austin American-Statesman that Oregon State’s Pat Casey who was interviewed on Thursday will stay in Corvalis.
UT’s other interview this week was LSU’s Paul Mainieri, but the Baton Rouge Advocate reported that Mainieri will stay with the Tigers and receive a raise.
So, while it appeared that Savage was the only big name left who hadn’t taken himself out of consideration for the job, that door now appears to have closed for Texas as well.
So much for the proposed UT marketing slogan of “Strong, Smart and Savage.”