Andersons four-year stint on the Forty Acres coincided with Texas return to glory (i.e., return to Omaha) as the Horns punched their ticket to the College World Series three of the past four years. Texas, of course, won it all in 2002 and finished No. 4 nationally this season after dropping games to eventual national champion Rice.
"We very much respect the contributions that Frank has made to The University of Texas baseball program as our pitching coach and as a recruiter over the past four seasons," Garrido said. "When you win conference championships, a national title and reach the College World Series in three of the past four years, everyone is rewarded for their work and this is one of Frank's rewards."
Anderson replaces Tom Holliday, whose seven-year tenure came to an end with an otherwise respectable 281-150 mark. But Cowboy fans became restless after watching Big 12 rivals like Texas, Nebraska and Oklahoma advance to the Field of Dreams while the tradition-rich OSU baseball program was relegated to the also-runs.
Oklahoma State is expected to officially announce Andersons hiring at a Wednesday press conference while Garrido now begins the search for Andersons successor.
"We are sorry to see him go," Garrido said. "This is a great career opportunity for him and we wish Frank and his family well. We will now move as soon as possible to find the best candidate to replace him."
[Clendon Ross contributed to this report.]