Jeff: Remember in 2006, 2007 and 2008 when people were calling for Augie's head because Texas didn't get out of its region? Well here are on the eve of another season coming off a pair of NCAA tourney misses. Eight months ago you said you were feeling impatient about Texas baseball. We're starting our seventh season writing about Texas baseball on BON, and the people are demanding you finish this sentence: the state of Texas baseball is ______?
Abram: Indeterminate. I know that's a non-answer, but like this year's hoops squad it would appear to be crossroads type season. There are reasons for pessimism, mostly reflected in recent history: the two straight failures to make NCAA Tournament, punctuated by last years' failure to even make the Big 12 Tournament. And I don't want to harp too much on the negative, but there are only nine teams in the Big 12 baseball conference and eight of them make the tournament. So the 2013 season was not just bad, but historically bad.