LSU Contacts Leggett About Coaching Search

OMAHA, Neb. – With negotiations for a new contract at an impasse, Clemson baseball coach Jack Leggett said Monday that he's recently spoken to LSU athletic director Skip Bertman about the school's search for a new coach.

Leggett declined to say what the telephone conversation entailed.

"I'm fine right here," Leggett said. "I've been called. He asked me some questions and I don't want to go any further than that."

When asked if he was officially pulling his name out of the LSU coaching search hat, Leggett said, "It never got in there. It's in the Clemson hat."

The Baton Rough Advocate ran a story on Sunday saying that two of Leggett's former assistant coaches, Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin and John Pawlowski form the College of Charleston, have interviewed for the LSU job.

Because Leggett hasn't signed a contract, there's been a lot of speculation that he may be looking to leave if he doesn't get the amount he wants.

Leggett has one year remaining on his current contract, which pays him an annual base salary of $139,000 and another $10,000 in an annuity. He also can get as much as $104,288 in incentives. He also receives an undisclosed amount from camps and endorsement deals.

Back in April, The Charleston Post and Courier reported that Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips and Leggett had agreed in principal to Leggett receiving close to $91,000 worth of increases to his annual pay. The report also said Leggett's new package is close to $240,000, which doesn't include endorsements and money from camps.

Yet, no deal has been signed. The sticking point seems to be the amount of the buyout clause.

ELUSIVE TITLE: Leggett said that even if the Tigers fail to reach the national championship, it won't diminish what the team has accomplished this year.

He also said despite the fact that Clemson has the most College World Series appearances without reaching the championship game (10, not including this year) and the second most appearances without having won a championship (second to Florida State with 18), there's no extra pressure on him or the team to get it done this year as the nation's top seed.

"There's 270 teams that would love to be where we're sitting," Leggett said. "Win or lose, it's an outstanding season."

BETTER ADJUSTMENTS: Clemson hitting coach Tom Riginos said the team went into Sunday night's game against North Carolina with a very good game plan, but that the team just didn't do it.

The hitters were supposed to go up there against Robert Woodard with the mindset of hitting to the opposite field and up the middle, while crowding the plate. None of that happened.

"We were getting a little pull happy," Riginos said. "We'll make those adjustments. We've been a good offensive team all year. These guys are tough kids, so you know they're going to make the adjustments they have to."

QUICK HITTER:Leggett said he'd announce late Monday whether it will be Josh Cribb, Jason Berken or P.J. Zocchi getting the start for the Tigers against Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday. Top Stories