The Arizona State Sun Devils have been named the top team in the country by Kendall Rogers of Rivals.com. The Sun Devils return a veteran squad which made an appearance in the CWS before being knocked out by UC-Irvine. The Sun Devils will need a better pitching staff if they really expect to compete for the CWS title. The full article is available here.
The University of Oregon has put out plans for their new baseball facility which comes with a price tag of $12-15 million. They have already made an agreement with the Eugene Emeralds to play in the facility as soon as the 2010 season. The first phase of the stadium will be finished by the start of the 2009 season. The second phase will be completed soon after. The full press release from Oregon is available here. The Oregon Daily Emerald also checks in with an article which can be read here.
Kendall Rogers of Rivals continues his countdown on the top teams in the nation today with UCLA coming in at Number 3. UCLA had a solid 2007 season which saw them go 33-28 but return two key players in 2008. They return pre-season All-American candiates Brandon Crawford and Jermaine Curtis. The full article is available here.
Chris Moon graduated from Tucson High School last May as the best player on the nation’s most historically successful high school baseball team.
Moon, a star pitcher, and an even better hitting prospect, spent the summer on a local American Legion team that went to the World Series. There, he won the event’s Home Run Derby.
He started this school year on a baseball scholarship as a freshman at the UA, rated by some as the No. 1 college baseball team in the nation this preseason.
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CSTV editor Doug Kroll checks in with an article previewing the top freshmen in the country. He ranks Matt Harvey of North Carolina as the best freshmen entering the season. Harvey was rated as a first round pick before the 2007 MLB Draft but his stock slipped when his ties with Scott Boras came up. He ended up getting drafted in the third round by the Angels but decided to head to Chapel Hill to play with Mike Fox. Continue reading
Just before the Christmas holidays, Susan Casey told her husband, “We haven’t had a vacation for two years.”
“Yes, we have,” Pat Casey responded. “We’ve spent it in Omaha.”
The visits to Nebraska were business trips – and very successful ones at that, as Casey-coached Oregon State teams won back-to-back College World Series championships.
After Christmas, Pat, Susan and their four children spent eight days in Hawaii. Besides sun and surf, Pat hooked up with former OSU player Jacoby Ellsbury, played golf with Nike President Charlie Denson, took care of a little Nike business and enjoyed a real vacation for a change.
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CSTV Editor Doug Kroll checks in with his weekly article about some of the off-season coaching moves. The biggest move was George Horton heading to Oregon to restart the Duck program. This set off a chain reaction as UC-Irvine head coach Dave Serrano went to Fullerton while former USC coach Mike Gillespie came out of retirement to take over the UC-Irvine job. He also talks about Kevin O’Sullivan who took over Florida after being an assistant with Clemson, Turtle Thomas went down to Florida International from Arizona State where he was a longtime assistant, and finally with Todd Raliegh taking over Tennessee after being the head coach at Western Carolina. The full article is available here.
FROM PRESS RELEASE
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
The Oregon Daily Emerald has published an article discussing some of the challenges George Horton is facing at the University of Oregon. He has decided to go after some high caliber recruits who will likely be drafted on Day 1 of the MLB draft and might never see the Eugene campus. The full article is available here.