Congratulations to coach Paul Mainieri and the LSU Tigers for winning the 2009 College World Series.
Omaha is a special place for baseball lovers, as the top college baseball teams from around the country meet there every June and play to decide the National Champsionship. This year the Tigers won it all, and I couldn’t be happier for those young men, their families and all the LSU fans and alumni across the country.
Coach Mainieri holds a special place in my heart. I was great friends with his father. I helped him get his first coaching job at the Air Force Academy. I helped him get his last job at Notre Dame. He honored me greatly by naming his son after me. But besides all of that he is a warm-hearted person and he treats his players like fathers treat sons. He cares about their education and off-field development as much as he does about how they play baseball. He is a natural teacher, and a tremendous leader, and all of his hard work paid off.
Congratulations Paul, you have earned it!