For the third time in three years, Vanderbilt baseball coach Tim Corbin is reportedly in discussions regarding the head coaching position at another school.
This time, it’s at the University of Oregon, according to The Oregonian. The paper reported that Oregon athletics director Pat Kilkenny recently traveled to Nashville to interview Corbin, who completed his fifth season at Vanderbilt this year.
“He is a special person and a special baseball coach,” Kilkenny said.
Vanderbilt Vice Chancellor David Williams said Corbin's success in Nashville has made him a coveted coach nationally.
"You always hope it's over, but you always know it's not," Williams said. "That's just the nature of this business. It's a coach's market in college athletics. I'd love for Tim to be here forever, but it is what it is."
Oregon asked for and received permission from Vanderbilt to speak with Corbin last Thursday. Williams and Corbin were scheduled to meet Tuesday after Corbin returned from Eugene, Ore.
"I don't know if they've made him an offer, but we'll do whatever we can to keep him," Williams said.
Corbin was not immediately available for comment.
Corbin, 46, led the Commodores to the best season in school history in 2007. VU won the Southeastern Conference regular-season and tournament championships, achieved the first No. 1 national ranking in school history and played host to an NCAA Regional for the first time.
Oregon’s baseball program has been defunct for 26 years, but school plans to restart it before the 2009 season. Adding to the challenge is the fact that just down the road sits Oregon State, which has won the past two NCAA College World Series titles.
Perhaps the recent departure of VU chancellor Gordon Gee to Ohio State prompted Corbin to consider other jobs.
“Quite honestly, I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him, and I wouldn’t have stayed if it wasn’t for him,” Corbin told The City Paper last month.
Auburn offered Corbin its head-coaching job in 2004. Louisiana State University made an offer in 2006.