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Report: LSU offers baseball coach Paul Mainieri a raise after Texas interview

Was the interview just a leverage play? The interview was probably a leverage play

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Welp. In what has become par for the course as the Texas Longhorns pursue a new head baseball coach to replace legendary Augie Garrigo, the LSU Tigers reportedly offered Paul Mainieri a “significant boost in pay,” according to The Advocate.

Earlier on Thursday, news broke that the Longhorns recently interviewed Mainieri, but it appeared that budgetary shortfalls in Louisiana could keep the Tigers from offering Mainieri an increase to his $750,000 annual salary.

Apparently the Tigers found some money stashed under a matters somewhere — or just plan on worrying about where it comes from later — as the reported afternoon meeting between Mainieri and LSU athletic director Joe Alleva will likely result in the two sides at least verbally agreeing to terms.

Without the advantage of being able to offer Mainieri a raise, Texas baseball probably doesn't have enough allure to convince the 2009 national championship-winning coach to bolt from Baton Rouge.