In an emotional press conference, LSU manager Paul Mainieri has announced that he will retire at the end of the Tigers’ 2021 baseball season.
Mainieri has spent the past 15 years in the Baton Rouge, winning national championships in 2009, four SEC tournaments (2009, 2012, 2015, 2017) and six SEC tournaments (2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014. , 2017 ).
As one of the best programs with the hottest baseball fan base in the country, the Tigers immediately started looking for the next coach. And their gazes quickly turned towards Gainesville.
The Advertiser columnist Glenn Guilbeau reports that LSU will be targeting Florida-based Kevin O’Sullivan.
After the Gators̵7; final game in Hoover Crocodile Land asked Kevin. O’Sullivan whether he was aware of the report or not. Is there an interest in LSU, or is he happy in Gainesville?
It doesn’t have to be a direct denial. But Florida has done a lot to keep O’Sullivan in Gainesville and happy.
In 2016, when the Texas Longhorns event opened, there was interest in O’Sullivan. Texas is one of the most narrated programs in college baseball. And it’s a job that doesn’t open often. During that time, the Longhorns had only captained three different teams since 1940.
In 2016, the Crocodiles played at an old stadium with mid-range facilities. While schools around the SEC are building baseball churches During that time, O’Sullivan was making $655,000 a year. Nothing to sneeze at but not close to being paid as one of the best coaches in the country, which O’Sullivan quickly showed he was.
Florida went to great lengths to keep Sully in Gainesville. They made him the highest paid coach in college baseball with a 10-year, $12.5 million extension and pledges to improve the stadium and its facilities. current or build a new stadium Four years later, the Gators opened a new $65 million stadium with all the bells and whistles.
It deserves. O’Sullivan took the Gators to the College World Series five times before the extension. Second runner-up in 2011 since overtime The Gators won a national championship and have traveled to Omaha in two of the three seasons since.
O’Sullivan is under contract with the University of Florida until 2029 if he must leave the university before his contract expires. His loan is $500,000.
Historically, the perception has been that Florida doesn’t care about baseball and won’t spend money to help the program. O’Sullivan has already won. Since 2016, Florida has shown dedication to baseball in both O’Sullivan’s pay and what’s happening. facilities Leaving Florida Now Even a famous event like LSU can cause fans. Florida’s and Gator were surprised.