Omaha Notebook: Leggett Is A Fan Of This Team


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OMAHA, Neb. - Among his other accomplishments here in Omaha, Clemson head coach Jack Leggett has been remarkably consistent about taking a day-by-day approach to the College World Series.

Eager to forget the past and reluctant to discuss the future, Leggett prefers to discuss only what affects his team that particular day. It's as if looking forward or back might somehow rob the Tigers of their chance to make history.

Still, he did admit Tuesday to allowing himself the occasional dream of possible glory. But he was just as quick to jolt himself back to reality.

"I think everybody's got a little dream in them," he said. "You think (about) and envision things ahead of you. But you can't get too caught up in that because we've got to be able to play a very tough ballgame (today). Obviously I'll start thinking about what we have to do to win. I'm just anxious for the competition."

Instant Karma

Clemson's run through the postseason seemingly has captured the imagination of fans from everywhere, including the small but vocal group of fans who made the trip to Omaha.

Leggett, too, has become a fan of his own team, and said he knew early on this team had a chance to go deep into the postseason.

"I've felt this team was special from the beginning," he said. "We're in a position a lot of people would like to be in right now. But we've got to follow through on the dream, follow through on the challenge."

Crazy State

Leggett, on what the state of South Carolina will be like today when the Tigers meet the Gamecocks.

"It'll be a statewide holiday," he said. "Everybody in the state will want to see it on TV or listen to it. Somehow (everybody) will have something at stake in that ballgame, in terms of interest. Not many people in the state straddle the fence; they're either with you or with the other team, and that's what makes the rivalry so interesting."

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