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Kevin O’Sullivan to stay at Florida

Gator baseball coach to remain at UF despite rumors
Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan watches the team's NCAA college baseball game against Florida...
Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan watches the team's NCAA college baseball game against Florida A&M on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)(Gary McCullough | AP)
Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 2:22 PM EDT
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -University of Florida baseball coach Kevin O’Sullivan ended speculation surrounding his candidacy for the opening at LSU on Thursday, issuing a statement that confirms that he will remain head coach of the Gators.

“I am the head coach at the University of Florida and remain fully committed to the Gators program,” said O’Sullivan. “This is where I want to be, and I do not have interest in the head coach openings at any other schools. I look forward to continuing to build upon the success this program has experienced over the past 14 years, with the goal of bringing Florida back to the College World Series as we pursue yet another National Championship for Gator Nation.”

O’Sullivan’s name surfaced as a possible candidate for the Tigers position after outgoing LSU coach Paul Mainieri announced that he would retire at season’s end. Both Florida and LSU are among the nation’s premier programs. The Tigers have won six national titles in the last 30 years, most recently under Mainieri in 2009.

Under O’Sullivan, however, Florida’s 14-season run matches any in the nation. The Gators have appeared in seven College World Series during O’Sullivan’s tenure, beating LSU to win the national title in 2017. O’Sullivan has also led the Gators to five SEC titles. This year’s Florida team finished 38-22 and was eliminated in the NCAA Regionals.

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