CB360 Bonus Video – Virginia & Ole Miss (2014 CWS)

June 20, 2014
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Virginia and Ole Miss – which opened their 2014 College World Series playing slate last Sunday with an epic game (won 2-1 by the Cavs) – are set to tangle again on Friday night in Omaha (7 CT; ESPN). The Rebels must beat the Cavaliers Friday and again on Sat., while UVa is one win away from playing in the best-of-3 Championship Series (June 23-25).

College Baseball 360 logged a postgame interview with Virginia star player and 9th-inning hero Mike Papi (embedded below).

CB360 also sat down earlier that day with Ole Miss third-year assistant coach Cliff Godwin for an in-depth, exclusive interview (in two parts, both embedded below). In addition to discussing the current Ole Miss team, Godwin recognizes several of his coaching influences – including his own coach during his career at East Carolina, Keith LeClair – who passed away in 2004 after a courageous battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

It should be noted that 2014  is the first College World Series to feature two former Keith LeClair players/assistant coaches  (at the same CWS) – as longtime UVa assistant coach Kevin McMullan was an assistant coach at ECU (during Godwin’s career). A few years later, McMullan played an important part in Godwin being hired at Notre Dame, by Paul Mainieri (of course, they both moved on to LSU after that 2006 season). Current UVa head coach Brian O’Connor had been Mainieri’s assistant for nine seasons at Notre Dame and the O’Connor/McMullan connection ultimately linked Godwin with Mainieri.

More original video from CB360 will be on the way (both via this site and our Twitter feed).

CLICK HERE for updated 2014 College World Series bracket (Friday’s other bracket final, at 2 CT on ESPNU, has Texas taking on unbeaten Vanderbilt).

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MIKE PAPI one-on-one with CB360’s Pete LaFleur, after his hit in bottom of the 9th beat Ole Miss, 2-1, in Virginia’s first game at the 2014 College World Series (6–15–14), below:

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CLIFF GODWIN (Ole Miss assistant coach),  part-1 of 2 … exclusive interview with CB360’s Pete LaFleur, from the 2014 College World Series (6–15–14) … in addition to discussing the Ole Miss team, coach Godwin discusses his coaching influences (father Lewis Godwin, Keith LeClair, Kevin McMullan, Tim Corbin, Paul Mainieri, Terry Rooney and Mike Bianco):

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• CLIFF GODWIN (Ole Miss assistant coach),  part-1 of 2 … exclusive interview with CB360’s Pete LaFleur, from the 2014 College World Series (6–15–14) … in addition to discussing the Ole Miss team, coach Godwin discusses his coaching influences (father Lewis Godwin, Keith LeClair, Kevin McMullan, Tim Corbin, Paul Mainieri, Terry Rooney and Mike Bianco):

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