Paul Mainieri is back in the dugout (South Carolina photo)


Healthy and energized, Mainieri back in game he loves

SEC Extra

In his three years of self-imposed retirement, Paul Mainieri said his biggest decision most days was whether to hit a seven-iron or an eight-iron.

The stakes are higher now.

Mainieiri is South Carolina’s new head coach. He’s accepted a job, built a coaching staff, and made roster decisions. These will continue throughout the offseason and into the fall as he tries to propel South Carolina back to the College World Series for the first time since 2012.

Since the Gamecocks last visited Omaha, thirteen of next season’s sixteen SEC teams have been since then.

“I want to get[…]