SouthernCollegeSports.com has posted a series of previews on different conferences recently which are very knowledgeable for a quick synopsis of each conference. Each preview that has been released is listed below.
Conference USA is continuing the series of previews today focusing on the Tulane Green Wave. They have been consistently picked to finish second in the conference behind the Rice Owls. The Green Wave are led by Head Coach Rick Jones. They return some big name pitchers including Brandon Gomes and Sean Morgan. They have also added transfer Shooter Hunt from Virginia who was rated as the number 9 prospect in the CCBL this past summer. Tulane also returns second baseman Brad Emaus and Jonny Weiss (BC transfer) are expected to led the offense. Full preview available here.
Conference USA has posted their preview on the Rice Owls for the 2007 season. Every publication is expecting the Owls to take the title this year but I believe that Tulane will keep the race competitive. Rice superstar two-way player Joe Savery is expected to lead the team on the mound and also at the plate where he has a .356 career average. The full preview is available here.
SeBaseball has now added two more previews with Conference USA and Atlantic Sun added to the mix. They pick Rice to win the Conference USA title over the Tulane Green Wave which is the consensus pick in the media. SeBaseball also picked Jacksonville over Stetson and Mercer to win the Atlantic Sun Conference.
Conference USA has posted a preview on the UAB Blazers. They enter the season with a new head coach in Brian Shoop who comes from Birmingham-Southern where he had a record of 692-307-1. He returns 21 letter winners with 4 transfers from Birmingham-Southern in addition to the 11 newcomers from the high school and junior college ranks. The full preview is available here.
UAB Media Relations Department also has posted a preview on the upcoming season which is available here.
Conference USA has released the results from the Pre-Season Coaches Poll. The Rice Owls are the unanimous choice to win the conference receiving all nine first place votes. They are followed by Tulane and Houston to fill out the Top 3. Rice had both Joe Savery and Cole St. Clair named Pre-Season player and pitcher of the year. The full release with the rest of the Top 5 in the conference and the rest of the Conference team is available here.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham has released a new style for their hats for the coming season. The hats resemble Alabama Crimson Tide but are Green and Gold instead. The full article is available here.
SeBaseball has posted a preview of Conference USA this season. They expect Rice and Tulane to battle with Houston to finish in the top 3 of the conference. They expect Rice to edge out Tulane. The rest of the conference is improving but still not at the same level of the perennial powers of Rice and Tulane. The full article is available here.
Rivals has released their top 25 for the upcoming season. The top team is Rice with UNC, University of South Carolina, Virginia, and Miami rounding out the top 5. I believe that Miami is a little overrated being in the top 5 but we will have to see how the season falls to find out the truth. It is nice to see 3 ACC teams in the Top 5.
The full poll is available here.
The Southern Miss baseball program is making some serious progress at Pete Taylor Park. The stadium is getting a facelift for the upcoming season and the Southern Miss Sports Information has posted a new photo gallery on the official site which can be viewed here.
Update: One of my frequent readers sent me a link to some more detailed information on the project which can be read here.