(Columbia) June 13, 2005 - SC head baseball coach Ray Tanner has withdrawn his name from consideration for the vacant head coaching position at Texas A&M.
In a statement released by the University of South Carolina Athletics, Tanner said "It is a tremendous compliment to our program that another school would be interested."
As of late last week, Tanner was believed to be one of two candidates for the A&M job, the other, Georgia Tech coach Danny Hall. Texas A&M was believed to be throwing out a sizeable offer to its coaching prospects, a package of around a half million dollars. Tanner has a contract here that carries him through the 2010 season, with pay and benefits currently between $300,000 and $400,000.
Coach Tanner is also going to be involved in development of USC's new baseball stadium near the Colonial Center. Tanner's record is impressive, though the Gamecocks had a disappointing post-season.
In nine years at the helm of the Gamecocks, Tanner has guided his clubs to seven NCAA appearances, including five straight NCAA Super Regional appearances from 200-2004 as well as three consecutive College World Series from 2002-2004. Carolina has also won two SEC championships (2000, 2002); four SEC Eastern Division titles (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003) and a SEC tournament title (2004).
The 2006 season will be Tanner's 10th year as head baseball coach at the University of South Carolina. He was named the South Carolina head coach June 14, 1996 after nine successful seasons at North Carolina State.