Paul Mainieri still salty about postponement

LSU coach Paul Mainieri was still upset about the NCAA's decision to postpone Sunday's game, but the Tigers Super Regional will start on Saturday as a result.

Winning the regional didn't erase the frustration Paul Mainieri feels about the NCAA decision to postpone Sunday's game.

The NCAA ruled late Sunday that the Tigers' regional championship game against UNC-Wilmington would get postponed to the following day. That erased a competitive advantage for LSU that would've required UNCW to play twice in one day.

LSU athletic director Joe Alleva called it a "ridiculous decision" on Sunday, and Mainieri echoed that even though his team did advance in the NCAA Tournament.

"We're still not real happy about what happened because it can effect us down the road with shorter rest for the Super Regional," Mainieri said. "That was my biggest concern. I'm really proud of how the guys handled it...They were very determined today. They were upset when I broke the news to them, and I thought they would come out with some fire in their eyes, and they all did."

Mainieri said LSU has already sent a request to the NCAA to have its Super Regional begin Saturday. LSU did have that granted, and the Tigers' Super Regional against ULL will begin on Saturday.

"I think that would be the only fair thing," Mainieri said.

A lack of communication with the NCAA seems to be a common theme in this controversy. Alleva said Sunday he did not receive an explanation from the NCAA in regards to why they postponed the game.

Some speculated that forecasted rain for Sunday night led to the decision. Others theorized UNCW made the request to prevent playing twice in one night.

Mainieri still doesn't know why the NCAA pushed it back.

"I never talked to anybody from the NCAA," he said. "Joe Alleva was the only one that did, and they never gave him an exact reason. [Associate athletic director] Eddie Nunez was monitoring the weather. There was a light sprinkle around 10 p.m., but it would've never effected the game. It's pretty frustrating quite frankly. To my knowledge, a clear reason was never given to us."

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