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Auburn baseball coach Sunny Golloway dismissed from team

Michael Niziolek

mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs announced the termination of baseball coach Sunny Golloway Sunday morning.

Jacobs released a statement that Golloway was dismissed from the program with cause.

"I regret to announce that earlier today I dismissed Auburn head baseball coach Sunny Golloway with cause,” Jacobs said. “My commitment will always be to provide the best student-athlete experience in the nation, and we will not accept anything less.”

Auburn’s athletic department declined to comment on the specific reasons regarding Golloway's release.

Golloway was headed into the third year of a five-year contract he signed in the summer of 2013, a contract worth $650,000 annually.

The contract also featured a longevity bonus of $20,000 a season to be paid out at the end of the deal, and contained a buyout clause. Dismissing Golloway with cause means the university will not pay out the remainder of the contract. 

Golloway was brought in two years ago to replace coach John Pawloski.

Galloway, the former Oklahoma coach was 28-28 his first season, but the Tigers made vast improvements last year reaching the NCAA tournament with a 34-22 record. They were eliminated by the College of Charleston in the Tallahassee regional semifinals.

It was Auburn’s first appearance in the tournament since 2010.

Two years ago, there were reports that Golloway was under an internal investigation for mistreatment of players, and discussions about a buyout had taken place.

Current assistant Greg Norton was placed in charge of the university’s baseball operations Sunday until a new coach is hired. The former major league is a former minor league hitting coordinator with the Miami Marlins.

Editor of Baseball America magazine John Manuel reported that the team was informed of the coaching change at a team meeting Sunday morning.

Auburn baseball started fall practice on Tuesday, and hosted its annual “Meet your Seats” event at Plainsman Park Saturday afternoon. According to Auburn officials, Golloway attended the event.

Michael Niziolek covers Auburn football for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Email him at mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com or follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+

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