Tulane baseball coach David Pierce is a hot commodity.
Pierce interviewed with Texas interim athletic director Mike Perrin on Saturday, sources told The Advocate.
The Austin American-Statesman, which reported the news first, said the Longhorns also interviewed Houston coach Todd Whitting.
Pierce has led the Green Wave for two seasons, earning a pair of at-large bids to the NCAA tournament. In 2016, Tulane earned its first conference championship since 2005 and its first top-10 ranking in a decade.
Texas has missed on several targets for its position, according to reports, including LSU’s Paul Mainieri, TCU’s Jim Schlossnagle, Oregon State’s Pat Casey, UCLA’s Dan Savage, Louisville’s Dan McDonnell and Florida’s Kevin O’Sullivan.
Former Longhorns coach Augie Garrido, who won a pair of national championships at UT, was moved into athletics administration after Texas posted a losing record this season.
Pierce also was approached by Alabama for its open position, but sources said the Crimson Tide was rebuffed in part by the nearly $1 million buyout required to terminate his Tulane contract. On Friday, Alabama hired Louisiana Tech’s Greg Goff.
In five seasons as a head coach, Pierce has never missed the NCAA tournament. He earned three at-large berths with Sam Houston State.
Until taking over the Green Wave before the 2015 season, Pierce had never coached outside of Texas. The Houston graduate started at the high school level before becoming an assistant at both Houston and Rice, then landed the SHSU job.
Neither Pierce nor Tulane athletic director Troy Dannen was immediately available for comment Saturday night.