Mainieri’s 10th season at LSU concluded Sunday
By JAMES MORAN
Tiger Rag Associate Editor
Update at 1:10 p.m.
Amid swirling rumors of flirtation with Texas, LSU coach Paul Mainieri met with Athletic Director Joe Alleva on Thursday afternoon, two sources confirmed to Tiger Rag Thursday.
The details of the meeting aren’t immediately known, but The Advocate reported that LSU officials offered Mainieri “a significant boost in pay” to remain in Baton Rouge.
LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri is the latest in a long line of names linked to the head coaching vacancy at Texas.
The Longhorns have targeted Mainieri to replace Augie Garrido, college baseball’s all-time winningest coach who was fired by Texas 17 days ago, according to a report from the Austin-American Statesman.
According to a separate report from Kendall Rogers of D1Baseball.com, Mainieri, who just finished his 10th season at LSU, has already met with Longhorn brass.
#Texas interest in #LSU’s Paul Mainieri is very legitimate. #Horns brass has interviewed Mainieri in the past couple of days. Stay tuned.
— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) June 16, 2016
After losing eight starters from a team that went to Omaha, Mainieri led LSU to a fifth consecutive national seed this season. The Tigers fell to Coastal Carolina in the Baton Rouge Super Regional Sunday. He’s taken LSU to the College World Series four times in his decade at the helm and has been named National Coach of the Year four times in his 34-year coaching career. He led LSU to its sixth national championship in 2009.
Mainieri’s current contract with LSU runs through 2020 and pays him between $750,000 in base compensation annually, plus money earned from incentives. For whatever its worth, the coach spoke to Tiger Rag about his long-term future plans before the season. You can read that here.
Immediate attempts to contact Mainieri for comment have not yet been returned. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
Let him go. We can do better. He is a lazy recruiter and poor bench coach. 3 CWS appearances in 10 years is unacceptable at LSU.