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Augie has a game plan for Florida. [Inside Texas]
"We’ve got to try to take away the home run," Garrido said. "That’s the first thing we’ve got to try to do."
He just wants TJ to win one. [ESPN Big 12 Blog]
"I'm going to pitch Jungmann and see if he can win a game," Garrido said with a laugh.
Keith Moreland on Taylor Jungmann. [Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel]
"First and foremost, I think he was the best player in the draft. He studies, works hard, and not only do you have to have the ability to pitch, but you need to have the right demeanor and Taylor has that. I was kind of hoping the Cubs would have taken him a couple picks prior, but I knew whomever drafted him was getting a young man who could get to the big leagues in a hurry."
Brandon Loy makes the spectacular seem routine. [Texas Sports]
The Horns are ready. [The Daily Texan]
Here are capsules of the teams heading to Omaha. [College Baseball Insider]
We all feel like Cameron today.
"We mean it when we say Longhorn Network will provide robust, unprecedented coverage of University of Texas athletics. These shows will exhibit the same high quality ESPN viewers are accustomed to and represent just a portion of the many great shows we have planned for Texas fans." - Dave Brown, Longhorn Network vice president, programming and acquisitions.
They better have a show on Bevo or I'm not subscribing. [ESPN Big 12 Blog]
Yes, we are terrified! [Crimson and Cream Machine]
Clearly UT fans are hoping beyond hope that he doesn't qualify because they know how talented he is, are afraid of facing him for the next 3-4 years, and that their arrogance prevented them from even offering him. Which is all fine and dandy with this OU fan.
We're counting down...[Countdown Clock]
Another great idea from the brilliant mind of West Virginia AD Oliver Luck. [Athletic Business]
"Maybe this is common around the country, but the red thread was a sort of gradual coarsening of fan behavior," Luck says. "People are saying, 'Hey, I've been a season-ticket holder for 20 years, and I'm not sure I'm going to renew.' The language seems to be getting a little bit worse. Some of the drunk behavior or behavior at least fueled by alcohol seems to be getting a little bit worse."
His solution? Allow beer sales inside the stadium.
Gene Chizik had absolutely no concerns about Cam Newton's eligibility and he will tell you all about it if you buy his book. [ESPN]
"If we'd had any level of concern regarding Cameron's eligibility, we would not have put him on the field and risked forfeiting games for playing an ineligible player," he wrote.
At least his dad still loves him. Lane Kiffin's father defends his son. [Dr. Saturday]
How do you evaluate character issues? [Harvard College Sports Analysis Collective]
For a general manager of a professional sports team, dealing with legally wayward athletes can be one of the thorniest aspects of the job. How does one evaluate "character issues"—usually, past legal run-ins—objectively? Will players’ off-the-field issues serve as a distraction, detracting from the players’ production in games, or will their talent supersede all other considerations? With the recent release of Plaxico Burress from prison, this is certainly a timely topic, as teams decide whether or not they want to take the risk on this prodigiously talented, but behaviorally suspect, individual.
Imagine listening to Bob Stoops every Saturday during college football telecasts. [Tulsa World]
Do coaches perform better at their Alma maters? [Harvard College Sports Collective Analysis]
Jim Delany just wants you to give the new Big Ten division names some time to sink in. [Dr. Saturday]
How appropriate. Brett Favre could be coming to convenience store near you. [Sports Business Digest]
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