Paul Mainieri brings leadership and postseason success to the Gamecocks.

In a major update, Teddy Cahill of Baseball America reported Monday afternoon, according to sources, that the Gamecocks have their eye on legendary LSU coach Paul Mainieri.

Mainieri has a long list of accomplishments as a head coach: four-time national coach of the year (2000, 2008, 2009 and 2015), two-time SEC coach of the year (2009 and 2015), four-time SEC champion, six-time SEC tournament champion and a national title (2009).

What does this mean for the Gamecocks? First of all, they are getting the game's best coaches of the last 20 years. Although Mainieri retired in 2021 due to health issues, he was still a presence the last two years at Notre Dame and Miami.

Mainieri brings a .659 winning percentage (1,505-777-8 overall) to the Gamecocks, but most importantly is his postseason success and leadership qualities.

As a national title winner, multiple SEC Tournament and regular season champion, and with deep College World Series success, this is exactly the attitude that will get Gamecock fans and players excited about the direction of the program. The last time South Carolina won an SEC title was in 2011, after also winning two consecutive national titles. The Gamecocks have made their way to the Super Regionals just once (2022) since 2019, and have not won in the Super Regionals since 2012.

If Mainieri will be officially announced after tomorrow's Board of Trustees meetingHe will get started right away and help South Carolina regain national prominence.

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