“This team clearly deserved to be in the NCAA Tournament, and I’m so disappointed for the kids that they don’t get the opportunity to do so. The disappointment of today will be a very strong motivator for our team as we go forward. I know we don’t want to feel like this ever again. I don’t think we should be feeling like this, quite frankly, but we left the decision in the hands of people.
“I’ve identified the areas in which we need to improve, and we hope to be much improved next year.”
– LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri, after his team failed to make the 64-team NCAA Tournament field announced today.