“He was on the other side of the court, screaming: ‘Good shot, Kev!’” Durant said, shaking his head in delight. “I’m thinking, this guy’s an All-American type of teammate right there.”
Anyone have any thoughts on Walter? His Wake Forest bio can be found here. The Demon Deacons were 33-24 overall and 13-17 in the ACC this past season and narrowly missed getting an NCAA Tournament bid.
Walter seems to be most famous for having donated a kidney to one of his Wake Forest players in early 2011.
In the meantime, several articles were published about Michigan's possible pursuit of Scott Stricklin following Kent State's elimination from the College World Series. It sounds like the KSU AD is willing to discuss sweetening Stricklin's current contract to retain him, and they're also working to upgrade the facilities there. As is pointed out in at least one of the articles, even if Stricklin wants to eventually move on to a "major" school, why shouldn't he just wait a year or two or more for an opening at one of the "more coveted Sunbelt jobs"?
Jacob Turner making his 2012 debut against the defending champs, and gets through a solid 1st inning striking out Beltran to end the frame. Avila making his return from the DL hopefully we get a solid game to propel us on a tough road trip.
I stumbled across what looks to be a pretty good source for college baseball coaching rumors—a Twitter account called Skippers Dugout. Whoever is behind this account has tweeted a number of times about the Michigan job, with some interesting rumors that I haven't seen posted here before. On June 12, there was this one:
Hearing #Michigan has possible interest in former legend Chris Sabo. Been told AD Brandon wants "Michigan Man".— Skippers Dugout (@SkippersDugout) June 12, 2012
Also on June 12:
This is likely a reference to Erik Bakich, current head coach at Maryland, given this tweet two days later:
Bakich looks like a pretty good option. His Maryland profile says this about him:
Bakich, who is the youngest head coach at any BCS school, has a remarkable record of recruiting and developing elite talent. In the last 10 years he has coached 73 players that have been selected in the MLB draft, including 25 in the first five rounds and nine first-round picks.
I've seen many people advocating for Kent State head coach Scott Stricklin to get the Michigan job, but Skippers Dugout posted this on June 14:
One other name mentioned recently is current Michigan pitching coach Steve Merriman:
UPDATE: Perhaps Stricklin is still a possibility. Skippers Dugout just posted this:
A couple of side notes:
- Someone asked in a previous thread what other openings there are in college baseball. From BaseballAmerica's 2012 College Coaching Carousel, it appears that Michigan has the only current opening among BCS schools.
- Skippers Dugout has tweeted a number of times about Rich Maloney, indicating that he may be headed back to Ball State:
UPDATE2: Rich Maloney's return to Ball State is now official, and he'll be (re)introduced at a press conference tomorrow morning. See Rich Maloney Named Ball State's Head Baseball Coach.
Also, Kent State was eliminated from the College World Series earlier today, so if Stricklin is in fact interested in the Michigan job, he's now free to pursue it.
As title says:
[ED:BISB - The politics. They is everywhere. I'd like to excise the naughty bits and leave the white meat, but it's just too pervasive. Something about the combination of Congress and the Justice Department makes people asplode.]
Tigers are cruising right now, up 5-0. Some important/interesting storylines:
- Tigers are going for their third straight series win. This is clearly a positive, though in each series (especially the last two) they could have been sweeps.
- Austin Jackson's return cannot be understated. He is hitting .325 after two more hits today. His OBP is .418. He has a legit shot at the All-Star game.
- Laird has been a very good replacement for Avila who has maybe another week on the DL.(?)
- Scherzer is cruising, through 6 scoreless. A day after Fister went 6 scoreless.
It looks like the Tigers may finally be turning it around. If it weren't for shoddy defense we could argue they would be only a game or two out of first place. Instead, they are 4 GB with a good chance to cut it to 3 by the end of the day.