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Arizona baseball coach reportedly the frontrunner for LSU job

LSU Tigers Wire logo LSU Tigers Wire 6/24/2021 Crissy Froyd
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LSU baseball knew it had some big shoes to fill when Paul Mainieri announced he was retiring at the end of the season — and it looks like the search for his replacement is nearing an end.

Current Arizona coach Jay Johnson is reportedly the frontrunner for the job, according to TigerDetails.

Johnson interviewed with LSU athletic director Scott Woodward on Tuesday, first reported by The Daily Advertiser.

Johnson is coming off his second College World Series trip with Arizona. He came within one win of a National Championship back in 2016, so it’s obvious he has a winning foundation he could build upon in Baton Rouge.

The Wildcats’ time in Omaha didn’t last very long this year, but that doesn’t take away from the fact Johnson built one of the best teams offensively in college baseball this year.

He’s responsible for leading the team to its first conference title since 1992, and should have a good thing going for seasons to come regardless of whether he stays in Arizona or joins LSU.

It will be interesting to see if LSU ultimately moves forward with Johnson, or decides to go with Cliff Godwin of East Carolina or Link Jarrett of Notre Dame.

Both of those choices and Johnson make up the prospective final three choices for LSU in its search.

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