LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Dan McDonnell has created a culture of winning at the University of Louisville. In 10 seasons he has led to the Cards to the College World Series three times.He is 453-189 in those 10 season, including 47-12 in 2016.
So it's no surprise when a job at a school like Texas, with the best winning percentage of all-time, opens up, McDonnell's name will be mentioned. The Longhorns have been to the College World Series a record 35 times and have won 6 National Championships. Augie Garrido, the coach they fired on Monday, is the sports all-time leader with 1,975 wins.
The Cards head coach addressed that talk on Tuesday.
"I haven't spoken to anybody, or my people, I don't know what you call it, I haven't spoken, nobody, I haven't spoken to anybody in reference to it," McDonnell said. "It's great to know that the city of Louisville, the fan base, the media, is in tune to what's happening in college baseball, because we want to be one of the top programs in the country and we think that what we've done in the last 10 years makes that statement and more importantly for the future."
UofL vice president of athletics Tom Jurich hired McDonnell in 2006, and plans to do everything he can to make sure the Citadel grad stays.
" If you're an athletic director at our level and you've got an opening and you don't have Dan McDonnell at the top of your list, you're not doing your job, so I know that's coming," Jurich said. "So it's my job to do everything in my power to keep him here. I will promise you this, I will go down fighting to keep him because I think he is a, he's turned himself into an icon in this community, not that he wants to be, he doesn't want to do that, he's a legend."
The Cards are the #2 overall seed in the NCAA tournament and begin regional play on Friday at 6 p.m. against Western Michigan at Jim Patterson Stadium.