We continue with the final post out of a three post series previewing the Texas Longhorns written by Djbfootball. The first article in the series is available here and the second is available here.
The schedule this year was put together with the thought of getting these younger pitchers some good quality innings in before the conference starts. The first series of importance will be opening day. Texas starts the year with a home date with the VCU Rams, then they go to Houston for the Houston College Classic for games against Tennessee, Rice and Houston, followed up with a home series against a struggling Stanford team. The BIG 12 conference season starts with a home series with an improving Kansas Jayhawk team on March 14. Then mark your calendar for April 11; this will be a HUGE series with the Missouri Tigers in Columbia for the BIG 12 lead. Texas finishes the season with two of the better teams in the league with Baylor and A&M.
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DALLAS – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the 11th year with its 2008 preseason predictions and weekly surveys. Weekly polls will continue from Feb. 25 through June 30 following the NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb.
The poll voters come from 30 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation. After a preseason Top 35 listing, the remainder of the polls will feature a national Top 30. Continue reading
Kendall Rogers has started doing his Top 25 countdown. He checks in with the bottom five this week.
25. St. John’s
24. Texas AM
21. Florida State
CSTV editor Doug Kroll checks in this week with an article about the top transfers for the 2008 season. He discusses how the Winthrop Eagles have been devastated with their ace pitcher in Alex Wilson as he got injured in the Cape Cod League this summer which he had Tommy John surgery to correct. When he gets healthy, he will be suiting up for Texas A&M in 2009. Continue reading
CSTV Editor Doug Kroll checks in with his weekly article on the top college baseball players. The position in which he focuses on this week is the closer. He lists Cole St. Clair of Rice in the top spot. He has struggled throughout his career with the Owls as he tends to be injured every season. Continue reading
With this being the last year that a player may transfer with out having to sit out a year look for more of this in the coming weeks as we are two weeks away from the Spring Semester for most schools.
Word is that Hunter Hill a two way star player from Prestonwood Christian Academy will be transferring this Spring semester. Hunter originally signed with University of Central Florida but, has been granted a release form the university and will be here ready to go for the spring semester. During his senior season at Prestonwod Christian Academy Hunter went 11-0 on the mound and he slugged 5 home runs. Hunter was also a team mate of Current Horn Cameron Rupp. Cameron was the Catcher for Hunter during their days at Preston Wood Christian Academy.
Photo courtesy of Donald J Boyles
Kyle Russell will be on the field when the Texas Longhorns take on VCU on February 22nd which is opening day around College Baseball. Russell has been a source of speculation during this offseason on some of the top message boards because he did not participate in any of the fall games for the Longhorns. We can officially say now that Russell will be on the field and the rumors about him flying around the Internet are totally false.
Kendall Rogers of Rivals has finished his preview of the Big 12;
Competitiveness is consistent in the Big 12.
Sure, Texas is often the leader atop the conference standings. However, others such as Missouri, Baylor and Oklahoma State have staked their claims in recent years.
With the return of outfielders Kyle Russell and Jordan Danks, among others, the Longhorns are the league favorite. Meanwhile, Missouri hopes to rise to the occasion with Aaron Crow in charge.
Baylor, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and Nebraska should compete for postseason berths, while Kansas State could be a pleasant surprise.
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Curt McKeever of the Lincoln Journal Star checks in with 4 coaches from across the country on how the new signing date affects the way that Colleges coaches recruit.
Texas A&M baseball coach Rob Childress woke up on Aug. 15 feeling lucky that seven of the 11 underclassmen and incoming recruits who had been selected in June’s major league draft were still on board with the Aggies. Continue reading
When I got up this morning and noticed that we had a clear blue sky and the temps were hovering around 45 degrees I knew that I need to drive down to Disch Falk Field to get my Baseball fix in for the week. As I was walking around the Stadium taking pictures of the renovations going on I got to thinking what this season will bring to the world of College Baseball Fans.
Could Oregon State make it back to the CWS and when their third in a row. Or will this be the year that North Carolina breaks through. After winning the 2003 Championship, can Wayne Graham and the Rice Owls get pas that hurdle and get to the Championship Series. Could we also see teams that have not been in a couple years make it back like Texas, Miami, or LSU. What about the Cinderellas teams from last year, UC Irvine and Louisville do they have enough to recreate that magic to get back to OMAHA. Tell us your thoughts on the up and coming season.Make sure you check back as we will provide coverage from the first pitch on Friday February 22nd to the last pitch at the CWS!Photos courtesy of Donald J Boyles
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