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Auburn aims high, hires away Oklahoma's Sunny Golloway to lead baseball program

By Brandon Marcello | bmarcello@al.com al.com

AUBURN, Alabama -- Oklahoma coach Sunny Golloway has been hired as Auburn's baseball coach, the school announced Friday evening.

The school plucked Golloway away from Oklahoma less than one week after the Sooners were eliminated by LSU in an NCAA super regional. It also ended a two-week search on the Plains, which culminated with the hiring of a coach with 14 NCAA regional appearances in the last 15 years.

"I'm really excited about this opportunity because I've always held the Auburn baseball program in very high regard," Golloway said in a statement. "The history of the Auburn program was a huge factor in making this decision. Secondly, the Southeastern Conference is the top baseball conference in America. Being able to compete in the SEC is a challenge that we look forward to. With our location, we are in a hotbed of talent. We will be able to hit the road recruiting right away, and we look forward to recruiting the best student-athletes to represent this outstanding university."

Golloway will be formally introduced Saturday at a press conference scheduled for 11 a.m. Golloway interviewed for the job earlier this week and toured the Auburn campus with his family Friday afternoon, according to a source familiar with the search.

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