Longhorns’ search for Garrido’s replacement continues

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Nearly three weeks after reassigning longtime baseball coach Augie Garrido, Texas is still without a head coach.

On Friday, UCLA head coach John Savage officially removed his name from consideration for the Longhorns’ vacancy with a statement posted to twitter via the university’s account.

“It’s always good to be wanted and respected by your peers, but UCLA is home to me and my family,” Savage’s statement said.

Savage’s statement came shortly after reports that Oregon State head coach Pat Casey would stay with The Beavers.

In what has become a tradition every time there’s a major coaching search, KXAN has tracked the flight log for the same plane used when then-athletic director Steve Patterson hired Shaka Smart from VCU.

Just four days after Garrido’s reassignment on May 30, the twin-jet Learjet 60 left Georgetown and flew to Fort Worth where it stayed for two-and-a-half hours before heading to Lafayette, La. Two days later, the plane flew back to Fort Worth where it had a 32-minute layover before continuing back to Georgetown.

TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle is a name that has been thrown around from the beginning as a potential replacement for Garrido, but he agreed to a contract extension on June 9, according to reports.

The Horned Frogs were hosting a regional from June 3-5 before beating Texas A&M in the College Station super regional the next weekend to advance to their third straight College World Series.

Louisiana-Lafayette was also hosting a regional that weekend, as well, eventually losing to Arizona. However, Ragin’ Cajuns head coach Tony Robichaux hasn’t been mentioned as a potential candidate.

Another coach from Louisiana whose name has been thrown around is Tulane’s David Pierce, but the Green Wave were in Oxford, Miss. that weekend at the regional hosted by Ole Miss.

On June 11, the same plane flew out to Daugherty Field, an airport in Long Beach, Calif., by way of a short layover in Santa Fe. The plane was there for five-and-a-half hours before returning to Georgetown the same day.

UCLA’s season came to an end on May 29 as the Bruins failed to make the postseason for the fourth time in Savage’s 12 years in Westwood.

Earlier this week, on Wednesday, the plane flew direct to Baton Rouge where it stayed for just over five hours.

Thursday, LSU head coach Paul Mainieri announced on twitter that he was staying with the Tigers.

“My home is LSU, at Alex Box Stadium in front of the greatest fans in college baseball,” Mainieri said in a statement.

When reached for comment a UT official said, “We don’t discuss interviews and contacts during the search process for staff personnel.”

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