LSU's Paul Mainieri and Ole Miss' Mike Bianco with umpires. (LSU)


Etheridge: Mainieri tabbed to rewrite final chapter

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Paul Mainieri is returning to a dugout near you.

I can’t say I saw it coming, because that surely wasn’t the case. But the more you think about it, the more you understand it.

Ray Tanner, the former two-time national championship coach and current South Carolina Athletic Director, has to feel this will be the final head baseball coach he hires. After some ups and downs with Mark Kingston, Tanner went after one of the few coaches who have presided over the final dogpile in Omaha.

Tanner understands what it takes to reach that pinnacle as well as anyone.