Casey interviews with Texas, will stay in Corvallis
CORVALLIS — Oregon State baseball coach Pat Casey isn’t going anywhere.
According to a report by the Austin American-Statesman, Casey interviewed for the same position with the University of Texas on Thursday but decided to stay in Corvallis.
The Longhorns are trying to find a replacement for Augie Garrido, who was reassigned last month after 20 seasons at the helm. Garrido’s annual salary was reportedly $1.04 million.
The 57-year-old Casey did not respond Friday to multiple phone calls by the Gazette-Times.
The indisputable face of OSU baseball, Casey has compiled a 789-440-5 overall record in 22 seasons with the Beavers while guiding the program to four College World Series appearances and two national titles.
OSU overcame substantial injuries during the 2016 campaign and finished 35-19 but was left out of the postseason for the first time in eight years.
Casey is under contract through the 2020 season. His base salary for the next four years will net him $3.3 million.
An Oregon native, Casey graduated from Newberg High in 1977 and stared for the University of Portland. He played seven seasons of minor league baseball and was the coach at George Fox from 1988-94 before coming to OSU.
Casey is reportedly the seventh coach to spurn the Longhorns, joining LSU’s Paul Mainieri, Florida’s Kevin O’Sullivan, Louisville’s Dan McDonnell, Vanderbilt’s Tim Corbin, Virginia’s Brian O’Connor and TCU’s Jim Schlossnagle.
UCLA coach John Savage, who has led the Bruins to a 419-301-1 record and a national title in 12 seasons, is thought to be Texas’ next target.