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TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle. (Shotgun Spratling)

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TCU Inks Schlossnagle To Blockbuster Deal

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OMAHA — Jim Schlossnagle isn’t going anywhere. He’s right at home at TCU.

TCU90x90Though rumors swirled earlier this week that Texas might take a strong look at the long-time Horned Frogs skipper, he nipped any chance of that messing with the Horned Frogs’ momentum Monday afternoon when the 45-year-old signed a six-year extension and deal worth over $1 million per year with athletic director Chris Del Conte and the Frogs. No additional contract details are available at this time.

First, even if the Longhorns had seriously pursued Schlossnagle, I still maintain that he probably would have stayed put. But, the Frogs can now rest easy, and frankly, the terms of that contract are very much deserved for a man and coach who has experienced so much success at TCU, while also establishing it as the premier program in the State of Texas, not an easy task with Rice, Texas, Texas A&M and others as competition.

How special has Schlossnagle been at TCU? Well, in his 13 seasons with the program, he has guided them to the postseason in 12 of those years, along with four College World Series appearances, three-straight including this season, where the Frogs reached the bracket championship and beat No. 1 Texas A&M to even reach the CWS in what was supposed to be a “rebuilding” year.

The Frogs should be even better next season. Though they might lose Mitchell Traver and Brian Howard, both key starting pitchers, to the draft, they returned a hefty number of key contributors, specifically at the plate, where Evan Skoug, Luken Baker and others are due back next season. Meanwhile, on the mound, righthander Jared Janczak should give the Frogs another strong season on the front-end of the weekend rotation, while Durbin Feltman and others will have magnified roles.

Schlossnagle has an overall record of 565-254 (.690) and now joins a prestigious list of coaches who are part of the seven-figure club in college baseball.

Louisville’s Dan McDonnell made waves earlier this summer when he became the highest paid coach in college baseball with a deal worth $1 million per year for 10 years, while it appears that Florida is prepared to get well over a million per with Kevin O’Sullivan and UCLA likely tweaked with John Savage’s contract, which already received a major boost when USC attempted to lure him a couple of years ago.

College baseball coaching salaries, primarily at the big-time programs, are now on the quick rise, and that should only have a positive trickling effect on the rest of the coaching industry, especially in a time when coaches across the country are attempting to get another paid assistant added to the rolls.

As for Schlossnagle and the Frogs, it’s time to rest easy. While Schlossnagle got the contract he deserved, the Frogs press forward knowing that many more CWS trips are likely in their future.

It’s a good day in Fort Worth.

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