Former LSU baseball assistant coach and current Mississippi State coach Andy Cannizaro came up in a blink-and-you-might-miss-it mention from Paul Mainieri Saturday.
Here's what happened:
After clinching a spot in the SEC tournament championship with a run rule 11-0 win over South Carolina, Mainieri was asked about the team's offense, specifically how the Tigers' bats have been able to stay as hot as they've been lately.
HOOVER, Ala. — After his leadoff home run settled somewhere behind the bullpen in left field…
Here's what Coach Mainieri had to say:
"Question: I want to take you back to something either Kramer or Greg said, but the job (hitting coach) Micah (Gibbs) did with this team when maybe there weren't swinging the bast so well, keeping guys' confidence up to get to the point where now they got hot at the right time.
Mainieri: Again, I think Kramer said it very well. When we had the coach leave in November and we had to restructure our staff, I can tell you Kramer, Cole and Deichmann all came to see me and asked me to please strongly consider making Micah the hitting coach because they had such respect for him. They didn’t want someone to come in and change everybody’s approach. Micah had been around for a year, and even though he was not coaching the players because he was the baseball operations director, he was in the dugout, he watched the games, he knows hitting. Maybe more importantly, he knew our hitters. If we would’ve gone outside and brought somebody in new, that person wants to come in there and make their signature on the hitters and all of a sudden you’re changing things. I didn’t think we needed to do that. I think Micah has continued to grow in the position, I think he’s done a tremendous job. He’s obviously got a different personality, a different style than the previous hitting coach. But players respect the heck out of him and his way of dealing with them in a one-on-one style that I think really resonates with them. They really love him. I think they’ve done a tremendous job. Let’s call it the way it is: when your team is swinging the bat well, he ought to get the credit. If you’re going to lay the blame on him when things don’t go well, then he ought to be getting credit when things do go well. I think he’s done a tremendous job."
If you're keeping count, there's actually two references to Cannizaro without mentioning his name in there.
Cannizaro saw a tweet about Mainieri's remarks and responded by posting an eye roll emoji.
The possible tension around Mainieri and Cannizaro may stem not just in the way Cannizaro left late in the fall for the Mississippi State head coaching gig, but something that happened after.
In the lead up to LSU's series with MSU to end the regular season, Mainieri admitted in an interview he was "disappointed" when long-time LSU commit Tanner Allen withdrew his verbal pledge and followed Cannizaro to Mississippi State just a week after Cannizaro left Baton Rouge for his new job.
"I thought Andy and I had an agreement when he left not to poach players we had recruited."
The boxes that sit unpacked in Andy Cannizaro’s office have just arrived there.
While Mainieri went on to say that he was genuinely happy for Cannizaro's promotion later on in that interview, it was also revealed the two hadn't spoken to each other since mid-November -- about two weeks after Cannizaro's departure.