Mainieri talks LSU post-Gausman 

July, 13, 2012
If there was ever any hope that Kevin Gausman would return for a junior season at LSU, Paul Mainieri didn't share it.

LSU's head baseball coach met with reporters moments after Gausman, the fourth overall pick in last month's MLB draft, signed his rookie contract with the Baltimore Orioles just moments before Friday's 4 p.m. deadline to sign draft picks. The deal came down to the wire, and many LSU fans had begun to hope their ace would make a miraculous return to Baton Rouge -- but not Mainieri.

"These things happen this way," Mainieri said. "I thought the only way (a deal) wouldn't happen is if something really bizarre happened. I was holding a spot on the roster for him, just in case -- you never know when things happen. But I felt fairly confident it was going to get worked out."

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