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Notre Dame’s Mainieri named new LSU coach

n BATON ROUGE, La. – Paul Mainieri came home on Wednesday.

Not in the real sense, perhaps. But LSU was home 30 years ago when he played for the Tigers and now it’s home again.

Mainieri, 48, was named LSU’s 25th baseball coach Wednesday, wrapping up a 3 1/2-week search triggered when Smoke Laval was forced out after five years.

LSU gets Mainieri from Notre Dame, where he spent 12 years as the architect of the best program in the Big East Conference.

Since 1995, the Fighting Irish have won 40 games or more in 11 seasons – averaging 44 – including a school-record 51-12 mark in 2004. Notre Dame has won six Big East Conference, regular-season championships (1997, ’99, ’01, ’02, ’04, ’06) and the last five league tournament titles (2002-06).

Since joining the Big East in 1996, Notre Dame has made nine NCAA tournament appearances including this season’s regional berth was the Irish’s eighth in a row.