You don’t turn down Texas.
That’s the dilemma that Dallas Baptist head baseball coach Dan Heefner may soon find himself in.
Reports out of Austin are the Longhorns have talked to Heefner about taking over their baseball program. Right now, no deal is in place. The question is “should there be?”
There’s no doubt that Heefner can help turn things around for the Longhorns just like he did for Dallas Baptist. The Patriots have made four straight NCAA tournament appearances under Heefner, and numerous players have been taken in the MLB Draft.
On the other hand, the Longhorns have struggled recently. They’ve missed the NCAA tournament three of the last five years, finishing with a 25-32 record this season. Augie Garrido, the winningest coach in college baseball history, stepped down as head coach and will now take a position within the athletic department.
So would Heefner be interested?
The name “Texas Longhorns” is enough to make it interesting. The history behind that name brings in talent. It also brings in pressure to win and win now. Texas expects to be playing for a national championship in all sports, including baseball.
Something else to think about, would Heefner leave the comforts of Dallas Baptist to follow in the shadow of the man with five College World Series titles (two with Texas)? Remember, Garrido will still be around, possibly in the same building as the baseball office. Sometimes changes lead to awkward moments.
Heefner has turned down opportunities before, saying no to Baylor last year. This time around, the facilities, money, recruiting, Big 12 conference, Longhorn Network, etc… could be too much to say no to this time around.
Written by C. James