Whenever the Clemson baseball season ends – with an NCAA Tournament Selection Show snub on Monday or at some point during the NCAA Tournament – expect a relatively quick decision on head coach Jack Leggett’s job status.
“I don’t think it will take that long,” Clemson Athletic Director Radakovich said Tuesday at the Yorktown aircraft carrier, site of Clemson’s annual Prowl and Growl fan event tour stop in the Lowcountry.
Fans and social media are buzzing about potential Leggett replacement candidates, including Louisville head coach Dan McDonnell, College of Charleston head coach Monte Lee and Florida head coach Kevin O’Sullivan.
But Radakovich stressed the upside of an NCAA Tournament bubble team coming off a three-game sweep at Florida State.
“We want to make sure that we don’t disrupt the good things that are going on here as it relates to our baseball program and make sure to continue the positive momentum that we’ve built up over the last couple of weeks,” Radakovich said.
Leggett has guided Clemson to six College World Series appearances and the Tigers have made the NCAA Tournament in 20 of his 21 seasons as head coach. But Clemson has slightly slipped each year since making the College World Series in 2010, barely making the NCAA Tournament last year.
Clemson, even after its surprising Florida State series, is No. 55 in this week’s NCAA ratings percentage index list. A good run in the ACC Tournament starting Wednesday is Clemson’s last hope for NCAA Tournament consideration before the field is announced Monday.
“I’m excited about this week,” Radakovich said. “I will tell you that last weekend our players and coaching staff did a phenomenal job. Sometimes it’s about when you peak. This is as good a time as any to be playing on all cylinders going into the ACC Tournament.”
When Radakovich announced last June that Leggett would return without a contract extension, he outlined four objectives for Leggett: more player interaction with sports psychologists, meeting with other coaching staffs to exchange ideas, adding a four-player council, general improvement of Leggett’s image.
Leggett’s contract is due to expire after the 2016 season.
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