What started during the NCAA baseball tournament selection show has now stretched into the final series of the College World Series.
The Texas Longhorns’ head coaching position, which opened when longtime coach Augie Garrido was reassigned May 30, has had myriad names attached to it and then removed from it in the past 30 days.
One candidate still in the running is Tulane coach David Pierce. Sources told The Advocate that Pierce interviewed with Longhorns athletic director Mike Perrin on June 17.
Since then, Pierce and the Green Wave have not announced a new contract or an extension. Sources confirmed that Pierce also interviewed for Alabama’s vacant position before the Crimson Tide hired Louisiana Tech coach Greg Goff on June 18.
Texas’ search is expected to gain speed this week, thanks to the CWS ending and the return of UT president Greg Fenves from China. Pierce is currently working as an assistant on the Team USA staff, preparing for a summer tour with the national team.
Around the country, coaches who may have only had brief contact with the Longhorns — or maybe no contact at all — have inked new deals or announced a decision not to take the job in Austin. On Monday, a pair of coaches fresh off CWS appearances took their candidacy off the table.
Former Tulane assistant and current TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle signed a six-year extension with the Horned Frogs on Monday morning. Later in the day, the Austin American-Statesman reported that Oklahoma State’s Josh Holiday would not be Texas’ next coach.
Those two join a cast of coaches whom Texas reportedly showed some interest in but who opted to stay with their schools, including Dan McDonnell (Louisville), John Savage (UCLA), Pat Casey (Oregon State), Kevin O’Sullivan (Florida) and Brian O’Connor (Virginia).
Houston coach Todd Whitting reportedly interviewed with the Longhorns on the same weekend as Pierce; he has not pulled his name from consideration.
Pierce is a lifelong Texas resident with the exception of a successful two-year stint with Tulane, punctuated by a pair of NCAA tournament appearances and an American Athletic Conference regular-season championship this year. The Houston graduate was an assistant with Rice and UH before three seasons at Sam Houston State, where he earned three NCAA tournament berths.