Could Florida have to replace another coach after baseball season is over?

download (12)The Florida Gators have had to deal with a lot of changes throughout their athletic program. After firing Will Muschamp, the Gators hired Jim McElwain in December of last year. Just recently, longtime Gator basketball coach Billy Donovan left the program to become the head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Now it looks like their baseball coach might be next on the list to leave. The Clemson Tigers are having a terrible season right now and manager Jack Leggett could be on the way out. According to Clemson’s 247 site, Gators manager Kevin O’Sullivan is on top of the Tigers wish list.

 

O’Sullivan is in his eighth season in Gainesville and has won three Southeastern Conference titles – 2010, 2011, 2014- and has guided the Gators to the College World Series three times from 2010-12. This season, Florida is again among the nation’s best and will be vying for another trip to Omaha. O’Sullivan was hired at UF directly from Clemson, where he was the Tigers’ pitching coach/associate head coach/recruiting coordinator for nine seasons.

We are told that Clemson will very likely “make O’Sullivan tell them no” before moving on to any other candidates. The Gators likely will fight to keep their baseball coach. Losing O’Sullivan would mean coaching changes in football, men’s basketball and baseball all in the same academic year. That being said, if there’s a job that is attractive enough to pull him away from Florida, it’s Clemson.

 

Clemson has a very good baseball program and O’Sullivan was there before he took the Florida job. How crazy would it be if the Gators have to replace their third coach in a span of five months.

 

 

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