Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich said he is ready to fight for Dan McDonnell; baseball coach linked to several high-profile openings

University of Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich talked after the Cardinals' were selected as the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Jurich said he's ready to fend off high-profile programs that might come calling for his coach Dan McDonnell.

University of Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich is ready to roll up his sleeves and dig in.

Jurich said he knows with several high-profile openings in college baseball that schools are going to come calling on Dan McDonnell, trying to lure him away from the program he has taken to new heights at U of L.

But Jurich added he's going to "go down fighting" to keep the two-time ACC Coach of the Year.

"First of all, if you're an athletic director at our level and you've got an opening and you don't have Dan McDonnell at the top of your list, then you're not doing your job," Jurich said. "I know it's coming. It's my job to do everything in my power to keep him.

"He's one of the best baseball coaches that we have seen in the game."

Jurich added: "I promise you this, I will go down fighting to keep him."

McDonnell's name has been mentioned as a possible target for Texas, while Alabama is another high-profile job that is open. Both of those jobs opened up on Monday afternoon.

Jurich called McDonnell "the very best" and "just so professional in what he does, he's a legend here," noting that rise of the Cardinals' program during his tenure. McDonnell came to U of L just before the 2007 season and led the Cardinals' to the College World Series for the first time in school history that season. U of L has returned in 2013 and '14.

The Cardinals are 47-12 and the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament that starts on Friday. He's 453-189 in his time at U of L and has made it into the NCAA Tournament in nine of the 10 seasons with McDonnell as the coach.

"What he has done is unbelievable, but the type of person he is, I think that's what attracts everyone to him," Jurich said. "He's turned himself into an icon in this community. Not one that he wants to be, but he's a legend and the job he's done is second to none."

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