The LSU baseball coaching search has reportedly taken another turn.

According to the latest report from The Advocate | Times-Picayune, Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco is one of the leading candidates along with East Carolina’s Cliff Godwin. The report, attributed to Wilson Alexander, Brooks Kubena and Scott Rabalais, says that Bianco has the support of many former LSU baseball players.

Bianco played at LSU from 1988-89 as the starting catcher. He was the captain of the ’89 squad that went to the College World Series. Bianco later served as a pitching coach on Skip Berman’s staff for five seasons. Bianco has been at Ole Miss since 2000 and is the Rebels’ all-time winningest coach. Ole Miss lost the 2021 Tucson Super Regional to Arizona 2-1. Bianco’s son, Drew, plays for LSU.

Last week, it was reported by D1Baseball’s Kendall Rogers that former Oregon State coach Pat Casey had emerged as the leading candidate. The new report from The Advocate | Times-Picayune says Casey is “unlikely to become the new coach,” per sources.

When Paul Mainieri initially announced in May that he would be retiring, Florida coach Kevin O’Sullivan was reported to be one of the top candidates for the job. O’Sullivan put out a statement last week confirming he would be staying at UF.