at least it's not just us?
I haven't been following him on Twitter or reading his blog, but I am aware that Mark Titus has been writing about life on the bench of the Ohio State basketball team. I believe he has been linked to by Brian on mgo.licio.us at least once.
He announced today that he wants suggestions for a title for his book. I only know this because Bill Simmons replied with "American Idle." Can you MGoBoarders come up with any clever, hopefully disparaging titles for the guy?
And yes, I was shocked when I found out they know how to read and write down there.
UM might not be spending enough $ on football:
There are some impressive numbers in that article.
Of note: "Meanwhile, West Virginia has been the nation's most successful school when playing against teams with bigger budgets. The Mountaineers' success rate against schools with a greater financial commitment is unprecedented."
Could we give RichRod some credit for that? :)
There have been two major coaching changes relevant to Michigan baseball over the last week. The first has been know to be coming since early April with Ohio State's Bob Todd retiring after 23 years as the Buckeye's big man. OSU has continued a long running Big Ten tradition in baseball by poaching a solid MAC coach, going with a somewhat suprising pick of Greg Beals, formerly of Ball State.
Beals was the man to replace Rich Maloney at Ball State after Maloney's jump to Michigan. As the leader of the Cardinals, Beals accumulated a record of 243-202 (117-80 in MAC play). In his eight years, BSU won three MAC West titles and become one of the best recruiters in the Midwest. The 2010 season saw three Cardinals getting drafted including Korbin Vitek, a 1st Team All-American and 1st round MLB draft pick.
The surprise of the pick was the rampant speculation that Ohio State would try to poach the coach of the best baseball program in Ohio, Kent State's Scott Stricklin. Stricklin had many ties to the Ohio area and has produced a better team on the field over the last decade.
I think this is a very solid pick up for the Buckeyes. Beals recruiting has been national even at Ball State. With the "Ohio State University" name behind him, he could be a big player in elevating Ohio State from the mediocrity that the final years of Bob Todd made common place.
The other major coaching change happened at Notre Dame as they fired four-year head coach Dave Schrage. Schrage was a huge disappointment for the Irish who have produced some of the top coaches of college baseball's last decade. Pat Murphy who lead Arizona State to much success and Paul Mainieri who is coaching LSU these days are the last two head coaches, and Brian O'Connor at Virginia was an assistant coach there, too.
Schrage's overall record was 119-104-1 including a horrific 22 win season in 2010. That just doesn't cut the mustard at a place like South Bend with quite a decorated baseball history.
With Schrage out, the Irish have taken a strange step of promoting associate coach Scott Lawler as "interim head coach." I don't understand the reasoning of naming him just interim. It's not like the Irish are in the College World Series and in serious need of a quick fix.
As for Lawler, he's from a coaching family. His uncle spent 22 years with Texas A&M and his father has been inducted into the Illinois High School Hall of Fame for his work with Naperville Central H.S. as an assistant coach. He's had stints at Evansville, Northern Illinois, and Arkansas-Little Rock before joining the Irish in Schrage's first season.
I don't know what to make of this pick. They went internal, which makes little sense when the team has struggled so much over the last 4 years, at least by ND standards. Perhaps the main target of the Irish just wasn't available this year? Maybe there just wasn't anyone attractive enough on the market? Was it necessary to announce the move so quickly after firing their coach?
None of it makes sense to me, but all of the haste makes me question the move.
Bob Todd has been around forever. Now, according to Chris Webb of BuckeyeNine and Buckeye State Baseball, he'll be retiring from Ohio State. He told his players after their game today.
This leaves an interesting coaching search. Todd was the highest paid coach in the Big Ten over the last two years. God help us if Pat Murphy, formerly of Arizona State, and before that, the coach that rebuilt Notre Dame into a national power in the early 90s. Other interesting candidates include several other coaches from the D1 ranks in Ohio, including Kent State's Scott Stricklin (although he is a KSU alum).
Chris also floated the idea of OSU poaching Tracy Smith from Indiana. OSU has the money and Smith is one of the best coaches in the midwest. Not sure they can pull him from Indiana, especially with IU's new stadium on the way.
The College Baseball Blog will be hosting a CiL tonight to discuss the weekend. Highly suggest going over there and pimping Chris Berset for Johnny Bench.
Key Stats: .392 batting average, 4 HR, 37 RBI, 37 runs, 14 doubles. .570 slugging percentage.
Acutally plays defense unlike those meh catchers from LSU.
Caught 22 base runners, only allowed 24 steals. That's a 52.1% success rate. That meh catcher at LSU has only thrown out 8 of 48. That's 83.3%. How can anyone rank him that highly, especially given his teams crappy performance this week.
Also worth noting, Michigan has taken 2 of 3 from OSU. It wasn't much of a fluke either with OSU's #2 and #3 pitchers pitching their brains out.