South Carolina is in line to win its third consecutive College World Series title, but Arizona coach Andy Lopez already has a rare triple, and is seeking a special double.
Arizona is the third team Lopez has brought to Omaha, where, beginning tonight (8, ESPN2), the Wildcats (46-17) face the Gamecocks (49-18) in the best-of-three championship series. Only two other coaches - Larry Cochell and Ron Polk - have led three schools to the CWS. This is the fifth trip for Lopez, who won a national title with Pepperdine in 1992, brought Florida in 1996 and 1998, and came with Arizona in 2004.
Now Lopez can make more history and join Augie Garrido (Cal State Fullerton and Texas) as the only coaches to win national titles at two schools.
"I hope he doesn't take a fourth team to Omaha because I want him to be our coach," Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne said.
South Carolina is back in the finals after Tyler Webb and Matt Price combined for seven innings of shutout relief in a 3-2 win Friday over Arkansas.
USF GETS BACK: DeLand running back JoJo Kemp committed to coach Skip Holtz for 2013 at USF's annual SuperBull gathering of top recruits. Kemp chose USF over West Virginia, Kentucky, Arizona State and Purdue.
BOISE WAFFLING? Six months ago, Boise State said it would join the Big East for the 2013 season, but it still hasn't officially withdrawn from the Mountain West, and the Broncos are in talks about staying, CBSSports.com reported. If the Broncos leave before July 1, the exit fee is roughly $2.5 million. But if they go after that date, the cost could go as high as $24 million. If Boise State doesn't join the Big East, it owes the league $5 million.
Times staff writer Greg Auman and the Orlando Sentinel contributed to this report.