Six teams will compete at four regional sites and eight teams will compete at four regional sites. All regionals will use a double-elimination format. Thirty-eight conference champions qualified automatically. Read the rest of this entry »
The NCAA D1 Board of Directors announced some major changes to collegiate athletics on yesterday afternoon. The changes toughen academic standards and provide increased academic and economic support to student-athletes. Read the rest of this entry »
By: Greg Johnson, NCAA.org
The Division I Baseball Committee reviewed and supported the experimental rule at its annual meeting Monday-Wednesday in Indianapolis. Read the rest of this entry »
Selection Monday is one of the biggest days on the college baseball calendar, but the biggest prize that the NCAA selection committee hands out actually is awarded the day before. A day before the NCAA reveals the Regionals, Super Regional match-ups and map to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, they announce the 16 teams that will host Regionals. That huge advantage is handed out to the teams that prove themselves worthy over the course of a long, grueling regular season. Well, not quite all of it because the Regional hosts are inexplicably announced at 3:30 pm ET, before all of the day’s games are finished. Read the rest of this entry »
Pat Murphy, formerly of Arizona State, recently spoke with The Register-Guard about the violations that have been leveled against him and the Sun Devils program in the past couple of months. Murphy states several times in the article that he should not have lost his job over the violations but I tend to disagree with him. Read the rest of this entry »
The NCAA released a study on the amount of time a student-athlete spends on their specific sport during the season. NCAA rules state that coaches can take only 20 hours a week of their players’ time, regardless of the sport. The amount of time an athlete spends on their sport came under scrutiny with Michigan football recently being sanctioned for the practice time violations. Read the rest of this entry »
The NCAA released their 2010 NCAA Baseball Attendance Figures which is led by four SEC schools. The LSU Tigers lead the pack with an average of 10,673 fans in 37 games. Arkansas comes in second with 7,704 fans while Ole Miss comes in third with 6,759 fans edging out fourth place South Carolina by an average of one fan. Texas is the first non-SEC school in fifth place with an average of 6,571 fans. You can check out the rest of the Top 50 below. Read the rest of this entry »
FROM NCBWA RELEASE
WICHITA, Kan. – Lou Spry, who has served as the official scorer for the College World Series for more than 25 years, is the 36th recipient of the Wilbur Snypp Award, presented annually by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association for outstanding contributions to college baseball. Read the rest of this entry »
Darren Heitner of The Sports Agent Blog brought to my attention the case of Joseph Agnew against the NCAA that was filed in the Northern District of California in San Francisco. Agnew was a member of the Rice football program but his scholarship was not renewed for his senior season. Earlier this year, the US Department of Justice said they would look at the rule with special attention being shown by the department’s antitrust division. The rule could be considered as an anticompetitive restraint and basically a price-fixing agreement.
Chase Parham last week had an interesting article about how the new bats are changing the college game. (FULL ARTICLE) It has always been an interesting debate on whether the metal bats were juiced too much, causing safety issues and leading to higher scoring games. The early feedback on the new bat standards is that there is much less “pop” in the bat, making scoring much more difficult in the 2011 season.
The College Baseball Blog recently surveyed a smattering of college coaches around the country regarding use of metal bats. The opinions are drastically different depending if you were a power hitting team in the past or a team that believed in good pitching and defense to win ball games. Check out TCBB’s and coaches’ opinions below and feel free to leave your own opinion in the comments section below.
Chase Parham of RebelGrove.com (Ole Miss Rivals Site) has an excellent article about how the new bat changes are affecting college coaches for the upcoming 2011 season. The NCAA put in new testing standards for this upcoming season which have significantly affected the “pop” in the bat. According to Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco he has seen several full batting practices fail to yield a homer. This is very interesting and will change the way College Baseball is played with more Texas style games of bunting and stealing while we will see less “Gorilla Ball” tactics in the spring.