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Florida head coach Kevin O'Sullivan speaks with Florida catcher Brady Smith (9) during a pitching change against LSU, Saturday, April 20, 2019, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.

Kevin O'Sullivan, at one time a candidate to become LSU's next baseball coach, released a statement Thursday saying he will stay at Florida.

"I am the head coach at the University of Florida and remain fully committed to the Gators program," O'Sullivan said in a statement. "This is where I want to be, and I do not have interest in the head coach openings at any other schools."

O'Sullivan had been on LSU's search list, according to sources. He has led Florida to the 2017 national championship and seven College World Series appearances during his 14-year tenure.

"I look forward to continuing to build upon the success this program has experienced over the past 14 years," O'Sullivan said, "with the goal of bringing Florida back to the College World Series as we pursue yet another national championship for Gator nation."

LSU has been in the process of searching for a new coach to replace Paul Mainieri, who will retire at the end of the season, his 15th at LSU and 39th in the profession.

Former Oregon State coach Pat Casey is also a candidate for the job and has visited Baton Rouge, a source told The Advocate on Wednesday.

LSU plays this weekend in the NCAA super regional at Tennessee.

Email Wilson Alexander at walexander@theadvocate.com