Florida's Kevin O'Sullivan addresses reports that LSU is targeting him
In an ongoing storyline for Florida baseball coach Kevin O’Sullivan, he is being questions about his interest, or being a target for open jobs around the country.
It’s happened at Clemson and Texas before, and now it’s LSU because of the pending retirement of Paul Mainieri. O’Sullivan was asked about LSU on Saturday.
“I can’t control what people write,” he said, per Nick de la Torre of Gators Territory. “I’m the head coach of the University of Florida, and it’s just that simple.”
De la Torre pointed out that following the Texas interest, Florida made him the highest-paid coach in college baseball with a 10-year, $12.5 million dollar extension and made a promise to either renovate the current stadium and facilities or build a new stadium. Four years later the Gators opened a brand new $65 million dollar stadium with all the bells and whistles.
O’Sullivan’s tenure at Florida has been highlighted by seven trips to the College World Series in the 2010s. Florida is the only program with more than five trips to Omaha since O’Sullivan’s first season in 2008.
Florida has earned a national seed for the NCAA tournament nine times in the 12 full seasons under O’Sullivan, more than any other school in that span. UF is the only school in the country to earn the No. 1 overall seed three times, having done so in 2012, 2016 and 2018. The Gators’ 12-season NCAA Tournament streak is also the fourth-longest active streak in the nation.
This past week, the Gators (38-20) went 3-1 at the SEC Tournament, which marked the fifth time the Gators have won three or more games at the SEC Tournament under O’Sullivan.