Bevo's Daily Roundup - June 11, 2009

 

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The Horns return to Omaha. Freshman Taylor Jungmann played a crucial role in the win.

"The game was dominated by pitching," Texas coach Augie Garrido said. "Jungmann kept us in it through six."

Jungmann was nails, working six shutout innings only allowing TCU two hits while striking out five. He wasn’t too bad with his glove either. In the sixth, he snagged two straight comebackers to keep the shutout alive and work out of a two-on, no-out jam—gunning down the lead runner at third for the first out and starting an amazing double play to end the inning.

"You have to go out with confidence," Jungmann said. "If you’re not confident you are not going to have any success."

"No doubt, stuff-wise, Jungmann is their best guy," Schlossnagle said. "But their offense is undervalued; they are better than people think they are. Their pitching gives them a shot [to win the championship]. They can flat-out pitch. Everyone talks about momentum, but momentum begins and ends at the bump in the middle of that field."

Congratulations. Taylor Jungmann and Austin Dicharry were named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Freshman All-American Team.

Yahoo Sports has the best of CWS bunch. We get the nod for best pitching, best fielding and best coach.

The Sooners released their depth chart and there are a few surprises. There isn't a designated backup to Sam Bradford at quarterback and there is some guy named Mike Balogun listed at middle linebacker. Depth chart from Sooner Sports.

But the next day... Ryan Reynolds is listed as the starting middle linebacker. Someone goofed?

But as of Tuesday at 10AM, the two-deep listed Reynolds as the No.1 linebacker and Balogun backing him up. It's unclear what prompted the quick change, whether it was a coaching decision or simply a typographical error. Sooners football media contact Kenny Mossman did not return several calls on Tuesday for clarification.

About that 16 million dollar loan... it seemed like a good idea at the time. According to AD Bill Bryne the money was used for increases in the cost of scholarships, electrical and plumbing, work on old buildings and fixing the light poles on Kyle's east side.

He's also pledged that he will not adopt the policy of so many other schools: sticking corporate names on their stadiums to help pay the bills — even if it meant covering the $16 million loan, scheduled to be paid in $1.6 million increments over the next 10 years.

"There are a lot of hot buttons for Aggies," said Byrne, who oversees a $70 million annual budget. "But I think if I tried renaming Kyle Field, I'd be leading a small parade out of College Station."

Byrne added that the stock market's sharp decline has decreased the department's endowment through the 12th Man Foundation from about $70 million to $40 million.

"We've been affected by the market just like everyone else," he said.

So that's the problem... The Aggies' are in the Bermuda Triangle of college football so that must explain the demise of a once good program?

I call it the Aggie Bermuda Triangle (and, no, you trollers out there, an Aggie Triangle does not mean it was square or a hexagon).

To the north, Oklahoma. To the east, LSU. To the west, Texas.

The Aggies are locked in, trapped, wallowing in tumultuous waters, by three well-funded, hungry, major players. It is almost a perfect triangle of big-time programs now taking away many of the great players that once should have belonged to the Aggies.

Aggie QB Jerrod Johnson will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Houston Astros versus Chicago Cubs baseball game.

I Am The 12th Man wants A&M to have a good start for the season

Bo Pelini has made a huge impact on the Nebraska football program.

It only took Bo Pelini one season — his first as head coach — to turn Nebraska's defense from embarrassing to respectable.

Pelini has injected new-found energy into the blood of the most tradition-rich football program in the Big 12 North. Pigskin reigns supreme in Lincoln, Neb. (how about 77,670 fans...for a spring game) and expectations continue to rise after the Cornhuskers won six of their final seven games last season.

Tom Osbourne has decided to stick around a little longer.

Cupcake update. ESPN's Pat Forde is keeping up with the bakery situation in college football.

... And that pretty well illustrates where scheduling has gone in college football. Into hiding, namely. Everyone at the high end of the sport has taken their ball and their competitiveness and gone home -- to play Directional Tech and count their cash.

Big-time intersectional games have gone the way of the wishbone.

ESPN's Tim Griffin looks at the Big 12 nonconference schedules.

10. Texas: Louisiana-Monroe, at Wyoming, UTEP, Central Florida

The Longhorns had a couple of game against Utah and Arkansas fall through in their planning. But don't expect the Longhorns to get that much sympathy for a group of opponents that won't give them much BCS bounce. Louisiana-Monroe will be breaking in a retooled offense with a new quarterback. The road trip to Wyoming doesn't resonate like some the Longhorns have made to places like Ohio State and Arkansas in recent seasons. The Cowboys will be breaking in a new quarterback, too. UTEP could contend for the Conference USA West title, but the Miners are a different team on the road. And the Nov. 7 game against Central Florida will bring the nation's worst offensive team from last season into Austin.

Another in the series of know your enemy and this time it isn't a Big 12 school.This turf battle may be over recruits.

Gary Patterson doesn't think TCU's recruiting is any different than any other school around the country, but he and his staff have learned over the years to not judge players by their initial appearance.

That's why Patterson and TCU have built their program on finding untapped potential in players who are playing positions different than which they were when originally recruited.

At least we are not Cal graduates. We can stop complaining about rising ticket prices.

Barry Switzer has a second calling: acting.

And no more complaining about Mack Brown signing recruits early...

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