On his way to Tennessee, LSU’s retiring Paul Mainieri reflects on extending season

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LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri has had a couple of weeks unlike any in his career. It’s been fun, too.

After he announced his retirement, effective at the end of the season, the Tigers have gone on to play in the SEC Tournament, and extended their season by winning a regional in Eugene, Oregon.

Now LSU will play Tennessee (48-16) which swept the Knoxville Regional in three games, while Mainieri’s Tigers rallied after an opening-round loss to claim the Eugene Regional.

“The regular season is really a grind, and I’ve been laboring over my personal decision for several months, I really started thinking about it really before this season began,” he told reporters before heading to Tennessee for a Super Regional. “When I came to my conclusion, and then I had my conversation with Scott and made the announcement the next day, I felt a great sense of relief, really. And then when we got into the postseason, even the SEC Tournament, even though it didn’t go well for us, but certainly when we got into the NCAA Tournament, I just figured, hey, I’m going to enjoy it.”

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