More than three decades ago, Roger Cador took over an underachieving Southern baseball program with the idea of turning it into a competitor on the national stage.
To many, the task seemed near impossible.
His first season as head baseball coach was 1985. Two years later, Cador’s team pulled off one of the greatest upsets in college baseball history, defeating second-ranked Cal State Fullerton 1-0 in the NCAA South Regional in New Orleans. The victory marked the first in NCAA tournament history that a historically black college team had won an NCAA baseball tournament game.
Cador’s 30-year reign “on the bluff” includes an 850-488-1 record, 14 Southwestern Athletic Conference Coach of the Year awards, 14 conference championships, eight NCAA tournament appearances and three NCAA play-in tournament appearances.
Nevertheless, this season presents a whole new set of challenges. The Jags have been forced to field a team with 18 freshman.
However, for the Jags’ leading man, young men are what keep the game interesting and Cador is using every game as a teaching tool to help his young players understand the game of baseball and how it relates to life.
Cador agreed to wear a wireless microphone for the Jaguars’ game at LSU, as the legendary coach squared off against his longtime friend, LSU head coach Paul Mainieri.
The video above captures many of the sights and sounds of that evening, as Cador gave us an inside look into the Jaguars’ dugout.
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