Mike Bianco staying in Oxford, turns down LSU: 'Ole Miss is home'
Mike Bianco must not be a fan of corndogs.
LSU’s search for a new coach continues as the leader of the Ole Miss baseball program has made the decision to stay in Oxford.
Bianco has been on staff at Ole Miss for 22 seasons. Before landing the job in Oxford, he served as an assistant coach at LSU. The LSU job is open after Paul Mainieri made the decision to retire following the conclusion of the Tigers’ season.
Ole Miss officially announced the news Sunday evening.
“Ole Miss is home for me and my family, and I am committed to bringing championships to Oxford,” Bianco said in a released statement. “I’m proud of what we have accomplished over the past 21 years, and I look forward to building on that foundation and achieving new levels of success. I want to thank Rebel Nation for their unmatched support, year in and year out, and how they help make Swayze Field the greatest experience in baseball.”
Ole Miss AD Keith Carter also issued a statement following the news.
“Mike Bianco is our head coach, and with his contract extended to the maximum four years, we look forward to seeing him lead Ole Miss to new heights,” Carter said. “We understand that the consistent success of our program will generate interest from other schools, and with any coach, there can be personal factors that come into play.
“Mike and I have been in constant contact and have been able to privately sort fact from fiction. Our program is poised to take the next step toward success in Omaha, and we believe Coach Bianco is the right person to guide us there.”