Clemson baseball coach Jack Leggett and South Carolina coach Ray Tanner apologized Wednesday for the controversy and emotion that arose from their recent three-game series.
The two talked for about 45 minutes and when it was over, Leggett said the coaches had successfully discussed issues like heating up bats and name-calling that followed Friday night's game.
Leggett had umpires check the bat of South Carolina's Jackie Bradley Jr. after a first-inning homer in Sunday's game. Leggett was concerned that South Carolina may have warmed up bats before stepping to the plate.
It has been suggested that heating aluminum bats will make a ball travel farther when struck. But several web sites dispute that theory.
Also, a Clemson player called a South Carolina pitcher "soft" and the Gamecocks rubbed their hands together prior to Tuesday's game to mock the Tigers' complaints.
Tanner let loose in Tuesday's postgame after South Carolina's 5-4 victory in Greenville, angered by Clemson's allegations and upset that Leggett had questioned his reputation.
"I don't cheat. To I don't allow my players cheat. We haven't done anything wrong. We were called out a little bit," Tanner said.
All of it, Leggett said Wednesday, took away from a stellar series between two of the nation's best teams.
"I trust Ray Tanner, I trust what he's thinking and what his philosophy of things are," Leggett said. "I was defending my team at the time, just as he was defending his team. That's just the way it is sometimes."
South Carolina won the opening game Friday night, 6-3, and Clemson took a 10-5 victory on Sunday.
Leggett said he had trouble sleeping as he thought about the controversies and said he was even more troubled after learning of Tanner's angry comments. The veteran coaches generally brush aside any negative aspects of the series, and the two even appeared together in a TV ad last year encouraging parents to invest in a state college savings plan for their children.
So Leggett knew he had to call and clear the air.
"We both had some things to apologize for I think, and that was good," Leggett said.
Tanner declined to take questions about his talk with Leggett, only confirming that the two had talked and resolved their differences.