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It'd be a shame if Tennessee lost its Baseball Coach after losing the College World Series

Nick Roushby:Nick Roush06/24/24


Here at Kentucky Sports Radio, we would never wish ill upon our border state brethren. That’s why we’re here to say that it would be a real shame if Tennessee baseball coach Tony Vitello decided to leave his post.

Imagine if he left after losing in the final of the College World Series? Ugh, what a shame that would be.

Why would someone coaching in the College World Series want to leave their post so quickly after reaching the pinnacle of the sport? It sounds unfathomable, but money talks.

A school that has a lot of money is Texas. They’re ready to spend some bucks as they prepare to enter the SEC. The Longhorns fired head coach David Pierce today after three College World Series and three Big 12 titles in eight seasons.

You don’t fire successful head coaches unless you have a plan in place. That’s why it would be shocking if Vitello left Tennessee. Truly unfathomable. There’s no way, right?

College baseball reporter Jake McKeever shared that Texas has already kicked the tires to gauge Vitello’s interest. He’s heard that those conversations were enough to get Vitello an extension at Tennessee. Surely, he wouldn’t leave with a contract extension on the table, right?

If Vitello turns down burnt orange for puke-in-a-pumpkin orange, the guy in the other dugout may make a treasonous move. Texas A&M loves spending money on coaches even more than Texas. They’re currently paying Jim Schlossnagle $1.35 million per year. That contract reportedly comes with a stipulation where the buyout “more than doubles” if he leaves for another in-state school.

The funny thing is Schlossnagle has a history of leaving one Texas school for another. In fact, Texas AD Chris Del Conte was Schlossnagle’s boss at TCU. It shouldn’t take long to connect the dots between the Texas A&M head coach and the Texas coaching vacancy.

The stakes in the College World Series are higher than the temperatures in Omaha. It feels like the Aggies may lose their coach to their archrival. It’d be a real shame if Texas decided to poach Tennessee’s coach instead, a real shame.

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