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Pat Casey Decides To Stay Put At Oregon State

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Pat Casey will continue to call the shots in Corvallis, eschewing an opportunity to move to Austin.
Pat Casey will continue to call the shots in Corvallis, eschewing an opportunity to move to Austin.

Oregon State baseball coach Pat Casey interviewed yesterday for the head coaching opening at Texas, but has decided to stay in Corvallis.

Texas had Casey high on their list of candidates to replace Auggie Garrido, after forcing Garrido, who had skippered 5 CWS championships, including 2 at Texas, into retirement as a result of the Longhorns failing to reach the post-season.

Casey saw his own run of 7 straight trips to the NCAA Tournament, and 10 in the last 11 years, snapped as well, after a 35-19 season.

Casey has not issued a statement, and neither has Oregon State, but Casey has told several of his intent to remain with the Beavers, including D1Baseball's Kendall Rodgers.

UCLA's John Savage now appears to be the front-runner for the Austin opening.

Casey, 57, is under contract at Oregon State through the 2020 season, and will make $3.3 million in base salary over the next 4 years.

Garrido's annual salary was just over $1 million this year.

As was the case when Casey considered overtures from Notre Dame, family considerations and community roots were again cited as a factor in Casey's decision, possibly even over the caliber or recruiting classes Casey has attracted last year and this.

At the same time, expect to see some form of extension or other contractual improvement announced over the course of the summer. It may not be quite on the level of what basketball coaches Scott Rueck and Wayne Tinkle recently received, after outstanding seasons, but Athletic Director Todd Stansbury will (and should) doubtless do something to recognize Casey's positioning of the program for the future, and his loyalty.

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com