Clemson Tigers News: Erik Bakich, Cam Cannarella, ACC-SEC Challenge

It was a busy day for Clemson Baseball as Erik Bakich and his players addressed the media and Men's Basketball learned they will host a blue blood they haven't faced since 1933.
Clemson Head Coach Erik Bakich
Clemson Head Coach Erik Bakich / Ken Ruinard / staff / USA TODAY NETWORK

Erik Bakich finally has his postgame press conference

Clemson Baseball bowed out of their Super Regional 2-0 to Florida, but Game 2 turned into an ump show.

By the end of it, head coach Erik Bakich and two others had been ejected from the game.

Bakich was also suspended by the refs, so by the rules of the NCAA, he was not allowed to address the media immediately following the game.

Bakich got his chance to address the situations that occurred in Game 2 yesterday, and he didn’t dance around the subject.

Bakich is correct. When was the last time you heard the NCAA say “Yeah, that was our mistake. We’ll fix that.”? What's done is done. Move on.

Bakich also commented that he thought Kevin O’Sullivan’s substance check on pitcher Austin Gordon was stupid.

Cam Cannarella to have offseason surgery

Clemson’s star of Game 2, Cam Cannarella, also addressed the media Wednesday. Cannarella confirmed he is returning next season and will be having surgery this summer for an injury he suffered in the fourth game of the season.

Other news and notes from around Clemson athletics:

Two other Clemson Baseball players confirmed they will return for 2025. Aidan Knaak did so in person at the press conference.

Both Knaak and Cannarella have been named as All-Americans by the National College Baseball Writers Association.

Andrew Ciufo also announced that he will return to the Tigers next season. Ciufo was injured and missed the second half of the 2024 campaign.

Bakich mentioned that he expects both Will Taylor and Tristan Smith to turn professional.

Clemson Men’s Basketball learned another non-conference opponent yesterday when the ACC-SEC Challenge matchups were announced.

The Tigers will host the Kentucky Wildcats at Littlejohn Coliseum

Clemson Women’s Basketball will host the Florida Gators in head coach Shawn Poppie's first season in charge of the Tigers.