Fast forward a few years and this would be an all-SEC top 5. The Horns have the top spot followed by Arkansas, Vandy, Mississippi and Ole Miss. Two additional SEC teams (LSU and Florida) show up in the top 10. Georgia and Tennessee round out the SEC contingent giving the conference 8 teams in the Top 25.
Other conferences: ACC (6), Big 12 (4), PAC 12 (3), Big West (2), AAC (1) and MVC (1). The other Big 12 teams were OSU (#7), TT (#14) and TCU (#17). DBU was the MVC lone representative.
San Jac and McClennan heads up the Top 25 JUCO preseason rankings put out by PBR today. 6 Texas schools total on the list to go along with 6 Florida schools. Two schools each from Arizona, Tennessee, Iowa and Illinois.
Looks like it might be a little bit of a down year for Big XII baseball with only four teams in the top 25. Of course, it’s only a nine team league for baseball so that’s almost half. These ranking will change a bit before conference play begins, but I usually expect to see OU and Baylor in that mix.
Arizona opens their season tomorrow against Kansas State in the State Farm College Baseball Showdown. Also playing in the Showdown are the land thieves from north of the Red River, Lubbock Community College, Michigan, and Auburn.
The Coogs are playing in the MLB4 tournament in Scottsdale this weekend with TCU, San Diego State and Cal also participating. The opening games of the tourney (Houston/Cal and TCU/SDSU) will be televised tomorrow on MLB Network.
That’s correct. Jay Johnson left for lsu and my alma mater hired Chip Hale to replace him. Hale is one of the best players to every come out of UA and was on the '86 National Championship team that beat free shoes university. It’s his first collegiate coaching gig, but he’s had extensive MLB coaching experience, and to Johnson’s credit, he left behind a lot of talent and a full cupboard from the CWS team last year.