However, OU was not able to claim a Big 12 regular-season title during Golloway’s stint. The Sooners finished tied for third this past season, bringing his conference record to 109-84-1 over his eight full seasons.
Auburn, which fired John Pawlowski last month after he went 167-126 over five years, has struggled to keep pace with some of the SEC’s programs. It’s made just one NCAA tournament appearance since 2005. The Tigers haven’t won an NCAA tournament regional since advancing to the College World Series in 1997. Golloway will be Auburn’s fourth baseball coach since the 2001 season.
Nonetheless, the Sooners are now in the market for a baseball coach for the first time since the summer of 2005. A source told the Transcript Friday night that Dallas Baptist coach Dan Heefner will be OU’s initial target. Heefner led the Patriots to a Super Regional in 2011 and also has won five straight games against the Sooners since 2011.
Golloway was making $385,000 plus bonuses on his current contract at OU. There were still two years remaining on the deal.