Thursday, June 14, 2007

Interesting move at Florida

A couple of days ago I was online and saw Baseball America's John Manuel was online. We instant messaged back and forth and the topic of Pat McMahon's firing and his eventual replacement came up.

I know Kevin O'Sullivan's name never came up in our discussion, but, on Thursday, O'Sullivan, the pitching coach at Clemson, was named Florida's new head coach.

It makes for an interesting choice by athletic director Jeremy Foley. Maybe he watched Vanderbilt build its program behind a former Clemson assistant in Tim Corbin.

Maybe he felt it was necessary to avoid coaches with connections to McMahon (Kentucky's John Cohen, an ex-NSU head coach, comes to mind).

Whatever the reason, it was certainly an out-of-the-box hire for an AD who has been right on the money with his biggest hire (football coach Urban Meyer) and on target with several other moves (welcoming Billy Donovan back with open arms and an open wallet).


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