Baseball took care of UNO early Tuesday night, starting with a 5 run 1st and steaming to a 11-2 win. Not a lot to take away from the game, but Michael Barash's first career home run and the surprising 5 inning start from Hunter Newman were great highlights. The win set a new LSU record for most regular season wins at 46 and marked the 2nd straight year without a midweek loss, a streak that goes back into the 2011 season.
The blowout wasnt enough work for some Tigers, as Frosh Phenom Alex Bregman was seen working defensive drills on his own hours after the game.
Shortstop Alex Bregman is already getting ready for the next one.LSU returns to The Box Thurs. to take on Ole Miss. twitter.com/LSUbaseball/st…— LSU Baseball (@LSUbaseball) May 15, 2013
With conference tournaments approaching and many leagues going with Thursday series this week, nearly all of college baseball was in action Tuesday night and there were some great games. Notable SEC results include UK beating national seed contender Indiana, Ole Miss getting shellacked by Southern Miss, and UGA taking the season series from GT in a wild 14-13, 11 inning game.
The participants for the SEC Tournament next week are pretty much set except for a few spots at the bottom. It would be simpler to figure out standings, but as For Whom The Cowbell Tolls points out, only 7 SEC teams have been able to play their full conference slate this year.
Men's basketball assistant coach Robert Kirby is reportedly leaving the program to take a similar role with Memphis.
The ongoing saga of a game vs Wisconsin seems to have hit a road block. Wisconsin sounds like they are ready to sign up, but LSU isn't. Meanwhile, it's been revealed that Miami was also approached by LSU for an opening weekend matchup, but they declined.
Track and Field had a nice showing at the SEC Championships, but the ladies were unable to make it 4 in a row, losing out to A&M for the team championship. Kimberlyn Duncan had a great weekend and defended her individual titles in the 100m and 200m dashes. Duncan has had such a good year, she's been nominated for Sports Illustrated's female college athlete of the year.
Big news for all you Volleyball fans: LSU will be adding Sand Volleyball as a varsity sport for the 2014 season. It's the first sport to be added since Softball was reborn in 1997.
Jeremy Hill has still yet to be formally charged for the assault in Tigerland last month that left one man unconscious, but his probate judge has now banned him from bars an instituted a 9pm to 6am curfew. That curfew would seem to conflict with participation in LSU football this fall, but we won't know until the fall. Hill wont see a judge again until August, so this is going to drag on into fall camp at least.
We've now had a few days to mull over the SEC Network announcement and a few details that have been confirmed by various sources are painting a clearer picture of what the SEC on TV will look like in two years. The SEC syndicated game, what we all affectionately refer to as "The Jefferson Pilot game" will meet it's end this year. The game time we all hate will survive, however, as one of the 3 time slots airing on the SEC Network (and if I was a betting man, I'd put money on Dave Neal calling that game).
Another big detail comes from a short Q&A by a Florida Assistant AD who cleared up the future of SEC content on the 3rd party networks (In Florida, they talk about FSN affiliate Sun Sports, who covers UF in a way similar to how Cox Sports covers LSU). Essentially, aside from a few coaches shows and game replays, the 3rd party networks will be completely out of the picture and will carry no live events at all. This worries me a bit, especially from a baseball perspective. Commissioner Slive was proud to announce specifically that the SEC Net would carry at least 75 baseball games, but that number is low compared to the 130+ that have or will air this season across a variety of channels. There is also the matter of only having one channel to air games when all 14 teams are playing at the same time on a Friday night or Sunday afternoon.
That same Florida Q&A also mentions that UF's in house streaming service GatorVision (like GeauxZone, AUHD, 12thmanTV, etc) will be scrapped and taken over by the ESPN3 service "provided that ESPN has enough capacity on that event day to accommodate it and provided the production is of a certain quality". Just like with the loss of the 3rd party TV channels, this is going to present an issue when multiple events are overlapping. LSU streamed every non-TV home baseball game in the GeauxZone this season, will that continue under ESPN?
The other half of the SEC TV picture was wrapped up this week as CBS signed on to continue their contract until 2023-2024. Rumors that CBS was not going to pay more despite additions to the league have proved sort of true. CBS will be paying the same $55 million a year that they have been in the current deal, though they have now lost the 2:30 exclusivity window. It's not necessarily a bad thing for the SEC, but it could have been better.
As part of the SEC Net announcement, the conference website spent some time reminiscing about the good old days with former LSU basketball star, AD and long time SEC play-by-play man Joe Dean Sr.
Tiger Rag.com has a pretty cool interactive database setup that allows you to look over the great recruiting classes of the Les Miles era.
We joke a lot about how legendary Miss St. coach Ron Polk was a pain in the ass and the chief rival/bad guy for Skip Bertman. But let it never be said the man doesn't have class.
When you have coaching stability, you tend to learn more about those coaches personal lives and their families. This past weekend saw multiple LSU coaches sons have excellent performances and win championships in the LHSAA baseball playoffs. Tommy Moffit's son Clay pitched 6 scoreless relief innings and won Most Outstanding player as he led Catholic (Baton Rouge) to the 5A title (a team that also features Paul Mainieri's son Thomas). Les Miles's son Manny pitched a no-hitter for U-High in the 2A semis before the team lost to Todd Walker's Calvary Baptist in the championship.
Speaking of U-High, a group of first graders from University Lab got to take the GREATEST FIELD TRIP EVER yesterday.
With no silly soccer to cause a conflict, the CWS is returning to decent game times this summer.