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Sources: LSU baseball coach interviews with Texas

ADVOCATE STAFF REPORT

Paul Mainieri has interviewed with the Texas Longhorns, according to sources for  The Advocate.
Paul Mainieri has interviewed with the Texas Longhorns, according to sources for The Advocate. Advocate staff photo

The University of Texas has interviwed LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri about its head coaching vacancy, sources confirmed to The Advocate on Thursday.

D1Baseball.com first reported an interview occurred.

Augie Garrido, the winningest coach in college baseball history, relinquished his duties -- as the school put it -- May 30 after 20 seasons at Texas, who finished 2016 with its first losing season since 1998 and missed the NCAA postseason for the third time in five years.

In September 2015, Mainieri was given a two-year contract extension valid through the 2020 season. His base salary is $750,000. At the time, he didn't receive a raise.

Before the 2016 season, Mainieri, 58, told The Advocate he'd like to coach eight more years at LSU.

He wants to retire as a 66-year-old coach having spent 18 seasons as the Tigers head man. And he expects to win two more national championships during that time, too.

Why 18?

“It’s a personal goal,” he said. “I don’t feel like I’m close to retirement. I’m not ready to quit.”

After 42 years in the business in 2025, Mainieri said he’ll be ready. More specifically, he’ll be ready to become a TV analyst for college baseball and he’ll be ready to begin crossing off the bucket list.

“I think some coaches want to die on the field,” he said. “I don’t.”

Mainieri just wrapped up his 10th season at LSU, leading a youthful team to a national seed and the super regionals in what many pundits have described as his best overall coaching job since arriving at LSU in 2007.

The Tigers were swept 2-0 by Coastal Carolina in the super regionals.

Read more at the New Orleans Advocate website.

Special contributor ​Chandler Rome contributed to this report.

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