By Kirk Kenney
OMAHA—The best-of-three CWS Finals features two of college baseball’s heavyweights.
In this dugout, checking in with a record 33 CWS appearances and six national championships, Texas; in the other dugout, with five national championships and an unbeaten record in title games, LSU.
Texas coach Augie Garrido, college baseball’s career leader in coaching victories with 1,717 wins, has an opportunity to win his sixth title. LSU coach Paul Mainieri, who took over the Tigers program three years ago, is going for his first.
I spoke to a Texas booster Saturday night at a watering hole in the Old Market area of downtown and he estimated that 5,000 Longhorns fans could be in attendance Monday night at Rosenblatt Stadium for Game One. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Tigers similarly represented. Look for burnt orange, purple and gold throughout the 24,000-seat stadium.
It just doesn’t get any bigger than this.
At Sunday’s press conference, Mainieri and Garrido made a few remarks about the get-together before joining their teams on the field for practice. Here’s some of what they had to say:
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