UA Denies Texas A&M Permission

AUSTIN, Texas -- The University of Arkansas denied Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne permission to speak with Razorbacks baseball coach Dave Van Horn.

Speculation linking Van Horn to the Aggies' coaching vacancy has circulated for more than two weeks. When asked about it again Monday, Van Horn repeated the same answer he gave The Morning News during the Southeastern Conference Tournament two weeks ago.

"It's a great job ... Somebody's going to enjoy it," Van Horn said. "I've got a great job here."

Apparently, Byrne or another Texas A&M representative had already been in contact with Van Horn before gaining permission.

"I talked to Dave and he said he wasn't interested. He was happy," said Arkansas athletic director Frank Broyles. "Somebody, I don't know who it was, had already contacted him several times while we were still playing. But since he told me he was happy and not interested, I decided not to even give them permission to talk. There was no reason to."

Broyles said at no time had Van Horn tried to use the interest as leverage for a raise and pointed out why he thought Van Horn was happy with his situation.

"I think he wants to (retire at Arkansas)," Broyles said. "He's a graduate of this school and his wife graduated from here. He's very happy and we're very happy that he wants to stay."

Van Horn just completed his third season at Arkansas where he has compiled a 119-68 record, which includes three straight trips to the NCAA regionals and an appearances in the College World Series last season.

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