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Louisville gives baseball coach Dan McDonnell a big contract extension

McDonnell is now writing Augie Garrido a thank you note on gold-leaf paper.

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The fallout from Texas Longhorns baseball coach Augie Garrido relinquishing his duties produced a massive contract extension and raise for Louisville Cardinals coach Dan McDonnell, who signed a 10-year deal that makes him the highest-paid college baseball coach in the country.

Athletic director Tom Jurich extended McDonnell's deal by five years and will pay him a base salary of $1 million per year, with periodic loyalty bonuses.

With three College World Series appearances, five NCAA Super Regional berths, and nine NCAA Championship appearances in his 10 seasons, McDonnell is the winningest coach in Louisville baseball history. This season, the Cardinals are the No. 2 national seed.

And McDonnell was presumably one of the top candidates to replace Garrido at Texas, but the contract extension effectively removes his name from the list. The deal also sets the market for college coaches who are potential targets for the Longhorns and likely ensures that Texas will have to pay out a similar salary as the $1.04 million Garrido received to make the splash hire that the program so desperately needs.