Carry On: Clemson's baseball future is in Jack Leggett's hands, to make of it what he can

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Baseball - head coach Jack Leggett

Baseball - head coach Jack Leggett

Carry on.

That is the message Dan Radakovich delivered, publicly, to Jack Leggett on Tuesday - a day short of a week since the two men met to discuss the state of the Clemson baseball program.

Radakovich's message can be seen as an umbrella-like endorsement of the way Leggett has run his program for the past 21 seasons.

Leggett has earned, in effect, the opportunity to right the ship.

The bottom line still looms; but Leggett will get the chance to fix what's broken it in his way, with an unspecified timetable.

There were no mandated staff changes, and Leggett told SportsTalk Tuesday evening that there will be none. Dan Pepicelli will return in his role as pitching coach, while former Tiger Bradley LeCroy will continue to coordinate Clemson's recruiting and serve as hitting coach.

Negative fan sentiment, and Leggett's confrontational response to criticism, were not specifically addressed by Radakovich.

For his part, in his statement released by the school, Leggett chose, with a broad brushstroke, to embrace the passion of Clemson's fans "all pulling in the same direction."

No extension of Leggett's contract, which will pay him $400,000 a year for the next two seasons, was mentioned.

There was mention of upgraded facilities, unspecified "adjustments" within the baseball program, and Clemson's participation in the 'Academic Common Market' - a cooperative program of the Southern Regional Education Board that allows out-of-state students to pursue majors at participating schools at a reduced tuition rate. Clemson's participation in the Common Market would help the baseball program stretch its scholarship dollars, putting it on more level ground with some rival schools.

What was said Tuesday was carefully worded and laid out a general blueprint for the high expectations of the program, but is certainly not the last word on the matter.

But for now, Clemson's baseball future is in Jack Leggett's hands, to make of it what he can.

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