Source – Jim Schlossnagle leaves Texas A&M for Texas baseball job

Jim Schlossnagle, who just led Texas A&M to its first Men’s College World Series championship series, is leaving to become the next baseball coach at rival Texas, a source told ESPN on Tuesday, confirming multiple reports.

Schlossnagle agreed to a deal with the Longhorns just one day after a 6-5 loss to Tennessee in Game 3 ended the Aggies’ season just one win shy of their first national championship. The loss will be compounded by Schlossnagle’s defection to the Aggies’ bitter rival as they reunite as conference foes this year in the SEC.

Schlossnagle went 135-62 in his three seasons with Texas A&M, including two MCWS visits and a 53-15 record this season, which tied for the second-most wins in program history.

In Austin, he will reunite with Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte, who was his boss at TCU when Schlossnagle coached the Horned Frogs from 2004 to 2021.

On Monday, hours before the Aggies and Volunteers threw the first pitch in the final MCWS game, Texas announced that Del Conte and David Pierce had made a mutual decision to part ways. Pierce was 297-162 in eight seasons at Texas, including a 36-24 record this season.

Texas had long been rumored to have interest in Schlossnagle due to his record at TCU and Texas A&M and the relationship he had with Del Conte.

Schlossnagle told ESPN last month that he knew what was coming with the heat around the rivalry.

“That’s like nuclear stuff,” Schlossnagle said. “But there isn’t a moment in my day where I think about what Texas is doing. I think if you go look at general society today with social media, everybody does the comparison game. And A&M and Texas have been doing the comparison game for a couple hundred years.”

In 23 seasons as coach at UNLV, TCU and Texas A&M, Schlossnagle has a 945-451 career record, with seven appearances in the MCWS. He has a 59-36 record in NCAA tournament games and was named Baseball America National Coach of the Year in 2016.

On Monday night, after the loss to Tennessee and with Pierce out of the picture, the focus turned to Schlossnagle in his postgame news conference, and he reacted angrily to being asked about any prospective interest in the Texas job.

“I took the job at Texas A&M to never take another job again, and that hasn’t changed in my mind,” Schlossnagle said. “That’s unfair to talk about something like that. … I gave up a big part of my life to come take this job, and I’ve poured every ounce of my soul in this job. And I’ve given this job every single ounce I could possibly give it. So write that.”

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