If you've been following message board rumors over the past week or so, then this isn't exactly a shock. There were stories that Golloway's tenure at Auburn had run its course and that he may be fired "with cause." AD Jay Jacobs confirmed this in his statement on the official site. Jacobs said "I regret to announce that earlier today I dismissed Auburn head baseball coach Sunny Golloway with cause. My commitment will always be to provide the best student-athlete experience in the nation, and we will not accept anything less.”
D1Baseball.com was the first with the news. They also reported that assistant Tom Holliday has been placed on Administrative Leave.
Golloway was almost let go following his first season at Auburn in 2014. He managed to hang on due to (1) his buyout being high and (2) promises to change the way he did business. The Tigers brought in a special assistant student athlete relations following 2014. The Tigers had a 28-28 record in his first season, and improved to a 36-26 record in year 2, making the NCAA Regional in Tallahassee.
1) Casey Dunn - The Samford head coach is an Auburn alum and has done excellent with the Bulldogs. According to our own Kevin Ives, Dunn would be unlikely to accept the position according to some close to him.
2) Mark Calvi - Calvi won the Sun Belt at South Alabama in his second season as the head coach in Mobile. He was with South Carolina previously on their big run of NCAA Championships and has worked with a number of pitchers who have gone on to great things in college and the pros.
3) Butch Thompson - The Associate Head Coach at Mississippi State, Thompson also has a long record of working with great pitchers. In addition, he knows Auburn from his time working on Tom Slater's staff as the recruiting coordinator and pitching coach. Of course, having worked at Auburn previously, he may want nothing to do with the current athletic department administration.