After a brief flirtation with Texas, LSU Baseball Coach Paul Mainieri is staying in Baton Rouge. In a statement, Mainieri says LSU is home to his family and it's his intention to keep it that way for a long time. Tiger Rag Associate Editor James Moran is not surprised with Mainieri's decision.
"I think it would have taken an over the moon offer to get Paul Mainieri to leave LSU," Moran said.
Mainieri just completed his 10th season at LSU. Texas is looking for a big time coach to replace the Augie Garrido, who is the winningest coach in college baseball history, but was relieved of his coaching duties after the Longhorns failed to make the NCAA Tournament. Moran says Mainieri has a good thing going at LSU and there's really no reason to leave.
"I'm not sure he wanted to go rebuild in Texas, when he has a team that arguably might be the preseason number one next year here at LSU," Moran said.
LSU returns eight starting position players next season, plus ace pitcher Alex Lange and closer Hunter Newman. Mainieri's base salary is $750,000, but Moran says after meeting with Alleva on Thursday, Mainieri could see his annual pay reach seven-figures.
"I don't think you can do much better on a year-to-year basis than what Paul Mainieri has done, so I wouldn't be surprised if he cracked that million dollar mark," Moran said.