Following a lengthy meeting on Wednesday between Clemson baseball coach Jack Leggett and athletic director Dan Radakovich, all signs point to the Tigers' veteran coach returning to the helm for the 2015 season.
The Clemson Insider, one of the websites covering the Tiger athletic program, is reporting that Leggett will be back for his 22nd season, and cites multiple, unnamed multiple sources in its report.
Nothing has been finalized at this point, however, and there has been no official confirmation of the TCI report. Also, there's been no word on possible changes to Leggett's contract or the status of his coaching staff.
The 60-year-old Hall of Fame coach has two years remaining on a five-year contract that pays him $400,000 per season. His last contract extension came after the 2011 season.
Leggett has come under pressure from disgruntled fans after a recent decline in Clemson's NCAA and ACC tournament success, and a poor record against the top teams on the Tigers' schedule, including South Carolina, Virginia, North Carolina and Florida State.
Over the past 10 seasons, the Tigers are 17-28 against South Carolina, 6-25 against Virginia, 9-20 against UNC and 18-18 against Florida State, for a combined total of 50-91 and a winning percentage of .354.
Since their last trip to Omaha in 2010, the Tigers have gone 5-8 in NCAA tournament play, and since winning the ACC tournament in 2006, have a 10-14 record in that event.
As the 2014 season progressed and the Tigers' ACC record tumbled toward the .500 mark, fan attendance at Doug Kingsmore Stadium dropped off sharply.
Leggett took issue with fan and media criticism, chastising fans for "bailing" and countering questions about the Tigers' recent slide by pointing to his long-term record and history of success.
Leggett has won 1,300 games as a head coach, including 923 in 21 years at Clemson. The Tigers have made the NCAA tournament 20 times under his leadership.
The Tigers slipped into this year's NCAA tournament with one of the final at-large bids, but went two-and-out, losing to Oregon 18-1 and unheralded Xavier 6-4.
Asked following the Xavier game if he was confident that he'll be back next season as the Tigers' head coach, Leggett replied, "I would like to think that's a ridiculous question."
The next day, Radakovich issued the following statement about the baseball program:
"This baseball season did not end as we all had hoped. I will be speaking with Jack in the next few days to talk about the path ahead for our program. While we again advanced to the NCAA tournament, we can and will look to do more."
The two men met on Wednesday afternoon for about two and a half hours, and both later described their discussion as "productive."