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Sources: Hughes leaving Tech baseball

BLACKSBURG – Pete Hughes said he left Boston College to take the Virginia Tech baseball job in 2007 because the Hokies gave him a better shot at reaching the College World Series.
Now, he’s apparently found a more appealing route to Omaha.
Sources say Hughes is leaving the Hokies to take over the program at Oklahoma, the team that eliminated Tech from this year’s NCAA tournament.
The sources said assistant coach Pat Mason will take over Tech’s program. Assistant coach Mike Kunigonis also has agreed to stay with the team.
Neither Hughes nor Mason could be reached for comment.
Virginia Tech has called a 4:30 p.m. press conference today regarding the baseball program.
Mason has been the Hokies’ pitching coach the past three seasons.
Hughes went 222-144 in seven seasons in Blacksburg after coaching Boston College for eight years.
He led the Hokies to a 40-22 record this season and reached the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship game. Tech went 2-2 in the NCAA regional, which it hosted for the first time in program history.
Hughes had one year left on his contract at Virginia Tech and said after the season he hoped to get an extension done “sooner rather than later.”
“There’s no other place on Earth I’d rather be,” Hughes said earlier this month.
At Oklahoma, Hughes will replace Sunny Golloway, who left earlier this month to become the coach at Auburn.
Oklahoma contacted Virginia Tech on Friday and received permission to speak with Hughes, who already had begun preliminary discussions with the Hokies about a contract extension, a source said. Hughes made just over $157,000 this past year.