Omaha and the College World Series have been married for 59 years, and the love affair will continue through at least 2035.
The NCAA’s top official said its relationship with Omaha is based on mutual trust and support. He offered that assessment today as he signed a 60-page contract that commits the series to Omaha for an unprecedented 25 years.
“There is something special about Omaha,” NCAA President Myles Brand said. Continue reading It’s official: CWS in Omaha through 2035
The University of Massachusetts baseball program has turned into a bottom feeder in the A-10 and Mike Stone is using the excuse that he has to compete against better programs now with the addition of Charlotte being added to the A-10 recently. I personally think that UMass needs to look at the program at the top since the team has noone that will be drafted this upcoming year and the recruiting needs to step up. Mike Stone complained in a recent Boston Herald article that he only has 2.3 scholarships per class but that comes out to 9.2 scholarships for the entire team. Continue reading UMass facing some challenges
You thought 20 years was good?
How does 25 sound?
Officials spearheading Omaha’s ballpark effort announced that the College World Series will stay in Omaha for the next quarter of a century. That comes after last week’s news that the tournament will be here “at least 20 years,” starting in 2011. Continue reading New CWS deal with Omaha for 25 years
Top college baseball teams will take the “Road to Omaha” through at least 2030.
But they won’t be playing at Rosenblatt Stadium after 2010. Starting in 2011, the team buses will be heading downtown under a new College World Series agreement struck today with the NCAA. Continue reading NCAA, Omaha extend College World Series contract
Mayor Mike Fahey stood shoulder to shoulder with David Sokol today to announce that the two had resolved their differences and are ready to move forward with a new downtown baseball stadium.
Sokol, chairman of the board that runs the Qwest Center Omaha, and Fahey signed a memorandum of understanding Monday evening that clears the way for a stadium on the center’s parking lots C and E.
At a press conference today at the Mayor’s Office, Fahey said the city and MECA had overcome a “major hurdle” with the agreement. Continue reading Deal reached on downtown Omaha park
When Tulane baseball Coach Rick Jones sat next to President Scott Cowen at one of the first basketball games at Fogelman Arena post-Hurricane Katrina, Jones wasn’t certain what the future held for his half-demolished, half storm-wrecked stadium.
But Jones was put to ease early in the conversation.
“We are going to build you a new stadium,” Cowen said.
Suddenly Jones was comfortable, believing that somehow things would get back to normal, or in the baseball team’s case, better than normal.
Nearly two and a half years after beginning an overhaul of Turchin Stadium, the Green Wave opens its season tonight with a three-game series against Illinois-Chicago in its new and refurbished playing digs: Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.
“From when Scott Cowen said that, I felt comfortable with that’s the way we were going,” Jones said. “I didn’t know how. I didn’t have any idea it was going to be this palatial or this impressive. But that’s obviously where (athletic director) Rick Dickson came in, because he and I shared what this should look like.”
TIMES PICAYUNE: Tulane opens new Turchin
The Omaha World-Herald is reporting that a committee to review whether to build a new stadium in Omaha has past the first major hurdle. The seven member committee decided on some parking lots near the Qwest Center in Omaha to be the place where the new stadium would be built. They looked at renovating Rosenblatt Stadium but say that it is not possible due to logistics which will come out in the coming weeks. The full report is available here.
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Junior outfielders Jordan Danks and Kyle Russell each hit solo home runs to lead the Orange squad to a 6-0 win over the White in an intrasquad scrimmage, the cornerstone of the Longhorns’ Fan Appreciation Day at the newly renovated UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Sunday afternoon.
After two scoreless frames, Danks broke the scoring seal in the bottom of the third inning with a home run off freshman Stayton Thomas to give the Orange a 1-0 lead.
Continue reading Jordan Danks and Kyle Russell homers in Orange and White Scrimmage
The University of Kentucky recently held their media day where some interesting news came out. The first article is from the Lexington Herald-Leader which he discusses some of his expectations for the season. The goal he states is getting to Omaha and put the Wildcats on the map. The full article is available here. The next article is from The Courier-Journal talking about Kentucky pitcher Scott Green’s commitment to the UK program. He was drafted last year by the Boston Red Sox in the 15th round but decided to spurn them to come back for his junior campaign. The full article is available here. The biggest news out of the day is the talk of Kentucky getting a new 4,000 seat stadium. The Lexington Herald-Leader is reporting that the plans could be announced next month. The full article is available here.
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HEAD COACH AUGIE GARRIDO
Opening Statement: We’re excited about the 2008 Longhorn baseball season of course. One of the exciting things is the renovation of UFCU Disch-Falk Field. The renovation is really a complete change in the facility from the fans point of view. I’ve said often if it had been up to me I voted to tear it down and start over, but that would have been a mistake as it has turned out. I think the bowl remaining as a reminder of Disch-Falk field and the roof over the top blended with the new sightlines, new seats, new everything; the whole thing is completely new. It kind of embraces you with the past as well as introduces to the future. Continue reading University of Texas host Baseball Media Day!