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  1. devine

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  2. Futureman

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    This is a rumor. Makes sense if it happens.

     
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    When do the schedules come out geez been waiting forever
     
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    i was given the wvu schedule by a source inside the athletic department but he asked that i don't preempt the official announcement
     
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    i am authorized to reveal their home conference opponents:

    baylor
    oklahoma state
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    kansas state
     
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    Thank you
     
  11. shabooty

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    I also have it on good authority that these will be 3 game series that span Fridays to Sundays
     
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  13. Beagle

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    I have an extremely unhealthy obsession of tracking college baseball schedule releases.

    I'll probably refresh Twitter like 5 times a day with the search term "baseball schedule" to see if any team has put their schedule out. When it gets to September and October where more teams are releasing schedules, that number goes to about 10 or so. I'll also search "baseball schedule 2020" on Google and filter it to only results from the last 24 hours or week to make sure I didn't miss anything. It's fucking insane.

    From what I can tell, Illinois and North Alabama are the only teams that have released their 2020 slate.

    https://fightingillini.com/schedule.aspx?path=baseball
    https://roarlions.com/schedule.aspx?path=baseball

    BTW, the Big 12 schedule has been out. Nothing on your non-con, though.

    http://www.big12sports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=10410&ATCLID=211767168
     
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    Fields for some of the 2020 tournaments:

    Shriners Classic (Houston, TX) - Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, LSU, Missouri
    MLB4 Tournament (Scottsdale, AZ) - Vanderbilt, Michigan, UConn, Cal Poly ---- fun fact: Cal Poly might have the best freshman in the country
    Round Rock Classic (Round Rock, TX) - Tennessee, Stanford, Houston, Texas Tech
    Coastal Tournament (Conway, SC) - Coastal Carolina (host), Illinois, UConn, 4th team TBA
    Frisco Classic (Frisco, TX) - Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, UCLA, Illinois
    Keith LeClair Classic (Greenville, NC) - ECU (host), Ole Miss, Indiana, High Point
     
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    We host about 4 or 5 of these so this will be a lot different.
     
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    scrimmage the night before the WLOCP is a great idea
     
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  18. devine

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    Can someone post this pls

     
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    Jackson Wolf, LHP, West Virginia, 2020– After traveling to the West Coast to play in the California Collegiate League last summer, Wolf continued up the development curve this summer in the Cape. The lefty struck out 27 in 26.2 IP while allowing only 18 hits for a 3.03 ERA. He’s a tall, lanky lefty at 6-foot-7, 200 pounds who throws with a long arm path to a three-quarter slot. Lands slightly cross body and finishes with a head snap which causes his hat to repeatedly fall off. Despite the head movement, Wolf consistently found the strike zone with a 89-92 mph fastball. It was very lively down in the zone and was able to spot the pitch in/out, painting to his gloveside effectively to right-handed hitters. He is also armed with a tight breaking ball which showed near average on this look. It has the potential to be an above average pitch in the future. Early in the game he used a BP type fastball at 84-86 mph for his change of pace, later subtracting a little more velo at 82-83 for a more traditional changeup with arm side life. Overall, Wolf reminds me some of Devin Smeltzer, a former fifth-round pick of the Dodgers in 2016 and current MLB lefty reliever with Minnesota.
     
  21. Beagle

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    Can’t get the whole thing to post because I’m on my phone. But here’s what they say about the Big 12.

    BIG 12[​IMG]
    TCU — 12

    Texas Tech — 10

    West Virginia — 8

    Oklahoma — 7

    Oklahoma State — 5

    Texas — 4

    Kansas State — 4

    Baylor — 4

    Kansas — 1

    TOTAL: 55

    • While Texas Tech picked up a good one because of the new transfer waiver rule in Vanderbilt’s Austin Becker, the Red Raiders also have an interesting situation with the departure of righthander Carson Carter. Carter, who didn’t pitch this past season, was a walk-on for the Red Raiders, but will be immediately eligible to pitch at Oklahoma next season.

    • West Virginia had the most interesting summer from a portal standpoint. Isaiah Kearns left the program, along with Chase Illig, who was a rising catcher going into last spring. With that said, two Mountaineers — Kevin Brophy and Connor Hamilton — entered the portal, only to withdraw and return to Morgantown for another season.

    • TCU led the charge in the Big 12 with 11 departures, the most notable being former prized prep recruit Adam Oviedo. Oviedo hit .291 with three home runs and 33 RBIs last season, so it’s not like he did terribly. But he’ll have a change in scenery after moving along to Oral Roberts. Other TCU departures over the past few months include Coby Boulware (Arkansas), Jordan Parker, Bryson Jackson (primarily a football player), Dean Frew, Tristan Hanoain, James Notary (Oral Roberts), Dawson Barr, Nick Juaire, Robert Lan, Andrew Keefer and Brad Czerniejeweski. It’s hardly a surprise to see the Frogs have some turnover after not making the NCAA postseason two years ago, followed by a narrow trip to the postseason in 2019.
     
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    Zach McCambley, RHP, Coastal Carolina, 2020– After making 27 appearances and 11 starts with a 5.21 ERA this spring for the Chants, McCambley found his groove this summer in the Cape and showed improvement from Opening Weekend in 2018. During his fifth and final start of the summer at Bourne, the 6-foot-1, 210 pound strong bodied righty threw five and one-third shutout innings, pairing a fastball up to 95 mph with his signature knockout breaking ball. Although the command of his 81-83 mph hard curveball came and went, he was able to generate continuous swing/miss due to the abrupt, late action of the pitch. Good hitters repeatedly chased it out of the zone, some even swinging as it bounced in front of the plate. He set up the breaker with a 92-94 mph high-spin fastball. Many were thrown up in the zone (McCambley is an elite spin rate arm) with riding action, and when located down at the knees, the pitch showed good down angle from his three-quarter slot. As a third pitch, McCambley mixed in an occasional 81 mph changeup to left-handed hitters. He works with an abbreviated, side-saddle, delivery with a high knee lift and minimal hip load. Sets up on the first base side of the rubber, drives early to the plate, lands soft, upright and slightly open. There is fair deception and some effort to his delivery, but he keeps his head level and his arm is quick. The sequencing of his delivery could be improved and he could also ride his backside, using his lower half more in his delivery. With a summer of high performance under his belt (1-0, 1.74 ERA, 20.2 IP, 15 H, 7 BB, 24 SO) look for McCambley to join an already impressive group of college starters who will be considered for the top few rounds of the 2020 draft.

    Parker Chavers, OF, Coastal Carolina, 2020– Athletic, left-handed hitter at 6-foot, 180 pounds who has pop in his bat. Plus to better raw power to his pull side. Sets up with an open stance in the back of the box. Produced hard contact to all fields vs right-handed pitchers. However, during a small sample size of at-bats, he did not seem to handle the lefty breaking ball too well which is backed up by his spring 2019 batting average of .226 vs LHPs. Average to above average runner underway, yet he doesn’t show it very often. Tends to play at his own pace. Average defender with above average to plus arm. Stays on top of the ball, gets 4-seam rotation for good accuracy. Overall, he is a well rounded prospect who profiles to right field in pro ball. After a solid Cape season (.270/.359/.467 with five home runs in 143 plate appearances) Chavers is squarely in MLB scout’s radar heading into 2020. With another strong season at the plate and a bit more fire for the game, Chavers will likely be considered early during Day Two.
     
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    The following teams have released schedules:

    North Alabama
    Illinois
    Texas A&M
    Cal Poly
    Sacramento State
    Nicholls
    Georgia
    BYU
    Florida A&M
    UConn
    San Diego State
     
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    Should be a good time had by all
     
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    truly an elite group
     
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    Schedule releases. 9/30 update.

    Alabama
    Boise State (home games only)
    BYU
    Cal Poly
    Duke
    Florida A&M
    Gardner-Webb
    Georgia
    Georgia Southern
    Georgia State
    Illinois
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    Nicholls
    North Alabama
    Pepperdine
    Richmond
    Sacramento State
    San Diego State
    San Jose State
    TCU
    Texas A&M
    Tulane
    UConn
     
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  32. Beagle

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    Fall Report Aaron Fitt - October 7, 2019
    RALEIGH, N.C. — Even without last year’s Big Three, NC State’s lineup has looked very good this fall, and that’s an awfully encouraging sign for the 2020 Wolfpack.

    All-America shortstop Will Wilson and slugging first baseman Evan Edwards, who were the team’s top two hitters a year ago and combined for 30 of the team’s 68 home runs, have moved on to pro ball. The third member of the star trio, Team USA catcher Patrick Bailey, is back as a junior but has been sidelined with a broken jaw suffered before fall practice officially began. Even so, NC State has shined on offense and defense, showcasing its depth all around the diamond.

    “Not having Bailey in the lineup and playing this well is kind of encouraging because you know what he can bring to the ballclub,” said 24th-year NC State coach Elliott Avent. “But when you lose Will Wilson, who was a first-rounder, and Evan Edwards, who was a top-10 rounder, there is some reason for concern. I don’t think you ever replace players like that … I think we’re gonna have a competitive club again, but we’ve always had a competitive club since I’ve been here, and before I was here. I think the last 17 years we’ve either been preseason Top 25 or postseason Top 25. I think we’re gonna be good again, I don’t know how good. It seems like pitching determines everything, so I guess it depends how well we’re gonna pitch.”

    Considering NC State returns almost all of the key pieces of last year’s solid pitching staff (nine of its top 11 innings leaders), it stands to reason that this year’s staff should be better, as the returnees are more mature physically as well as mentally, and another quality recruiting class brought some reinforcements on the mound.

    Junior righthander Reid Johnston (6-2, 3.71) is NC State’s most proven commodity on the mound, a high-level strike-thrower who has thrived in just about every role over his first two seasons on the staff. He hasn’t pitched this fall after earning all-star honors in the Cape Cod League this summer, but the Wolfpack knows what it’s got in Johnston, who carves up the zone at 88-91 with a quality low-80s breaking ball. He seems likely to start Friday or Saturday, but he’s certainly capable of thriving in a stopper role if the ‘Pack need him there.

    Johnston’s teammate with the Cape League champion Cotuit Kettleers, lefthander Evan Justice, has also rested this fall, and Avent said he was pleased with how Justice continued his development over the summer, where he showed a 91-93 fastball and a solid sweeping curveball at 77-79. He’ll clearly be a key piece of this staff in some capacity, likely in the bullpen, and if his command takes another step forward he could have a big year.

    The biggest pick to click on the NCSU staff is fellow junior lefthander Nick Swiney, who came on strong down the stretch last spring. Though 26 of his 29 appearances were out of the bullpen, Swiney holds his stuff well and has the best three-pitch arsenal on the staff, so he has a real chance to blossom into a bona fide ace as a junior. With a 91-93 fastball, an excellent changeup with good arm speed, fade and deception, and a quality breaking ball with good depth, Swiney can miss bats with all three pitches.

    “He’s got a chance to be really, really good,” Avent said this weekend. “He’s got three pitches, he’s more confident than he’s ever been. He’s sat out this fall, but he’s gonna crank it up here, we’ve got about five or six more practices and we’ll scrimmage at every practice. So he’s probably gonna throw in the last two scrimmages we have here.”

    Another junior lefty who has been shut down this fall due to workload is David Harrison, who helped lead the Amsterdam Mohawks to the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League championship this summer, posting a team-high 37 strikeouts in 30.2 innings. He’s always had a quality changeup to go with his 88-91 fastball, and he’s continuing to work on improving his breaking ball, which is the key to his development. Avent said he’s seen more confidence from Harrison this fall after his strong summer, so he could be ready to do bigger things as a junior.

    One key junior arm who has pitched this fall is righthander Dalton Feeney (1-1, 1.86 with seven saves in 29 innings last year), who figures to be a key piece at the back of the bullpen again. Feeney still hasn’t shown the mid-90s heat he featured two years ago before he had Tommy John surgery, but he looked good in last Sunday’s scrimmage against South Carolina, working at 91-93 with an effective slider and changeup. He and lefthander Kent Klyman, a preseason All-American heading into last spring whose stuff just wasn’t as crisp for most of the season as it had been in the past, give the Wolfpack two experienced veterans to anchor the back end. Klyman struck out two in a 1-2-3 frame against the Gamecocks, spotting up with his 87-88 fastball from a tough low three-quarters slot and mixing in his three-quarters breaking ball and changeup well.

    “I kinda think if everyone does what we expect, and I think they will and we certainly need them to, but a lot of our season could depend on just how good Kent Klyman and Dalton Feeney are,” Avent said. “They both worked so hard this summer on getting their bodies in better condition, they’re both in the best condition they’ve ever been. Klyman’s stuff, I think it’s all the way back. The key is he can really locate his fastball, he’s a big lefty who can locate his fastball. When I got back from the [the NL wild card game in] Washington, I told Klyman he reminded me a little bit of Josh Hader without the hair. He said, ‘Yeah, without the hair and without the fastball.’ I’m just saying the arm slot it comes out of. I think Klyman just was never in great shape last year, and sometimes a pitcher who has little nicks and nacks, we had to shut him down for a while.”

    Redshirt sophomore Cameron Cottercame out of nowhere to become a key piece of the bullpen last spring, posting a 3.00 ERA in 39 innings. He has continued to look great this fall, showing a 90-92 fastball that touched 93 against South Carolina, along with a good 76-77 breaking ball. Fellow sophomore Baker Nelson looks ready to take a step forward in 2020, giving the bullpen a different look, as a funky low three-quarters to sidearm righty with a 91-92 fastball with good sink and an improved 76 mph Frisbee slider.

    [​IMG]NC State lefty Chris Villaman (Aaron Fitt)

    NC State’s most impressive pitcher against the Gamecocks was freshman lefthander Chris Villaman, one of the key pieces of its recruiting class. Villaman has two-way ability, but he figures to make the biggest impact on the mound, because he has uncommonly advanced command of his 87-90 fastball, which plays up because of its high spin rate and his ability to spot it up. He also showed some feel for a quality changeup and a developing curveball against South Carolina, but he used his fastball as the putaway pitch on all four of his strikeouts over two scoreless innings of work, two swinging and two looking. Villaman appears to have the polish and poise to step right into a weekend starter job as a freshman.

    Two more freshmen to keep an eye on are Sam Highfill and Matt Willadsen. Like Villaman, they’re both two-way players, but both figure to contribute more off the mound early in their careers. Highfill is a wily slot-shifter who showed an 88-90 fastball and a big, slow overhand curveball from a high slot, then dropped down to sidearm and worked at 84-86 with good sink. He also got a couple of strikeouts with his 77 mph changeup. Willadsen is a loose, projectable 6-foot-3, 168-pound righty with an 88-90 fastball, a promising 80 mph slider with good tight spin, and a slow curve at 71. By the time he starts to fill out his lanky frame, he could wind up throwing a lot harder, but he already has some feel to pitch. Another newcomers, juco transfer Logan Bender, should serve as a valuable slider monster out of the pen. He used his 88-90 fastball mostly as a setup pitch against the Gamecocks, relying overwhelmingly on his 81-83 slider, which has a big-time spin rate at 2800-3000rpm.

    So once again, the Wolfpack appears to have good depth and variety on the mound, giving pitching coach Clint Chrysler the ability to mix and match to his heart’s content. But with Johnston, Swiney and Villaman, this NC State staff also has a chance to get more innings out of its rotation this year, which could take some strain off the bullpen and make make it even better.

    Now let’s get back to that lineup, which was very impressive in that 15-4 win over the Gamecocks, as it has been all fall. With Bailey sidelined, senior Brad Deboand sophomore Luca Tresh have split the catching duties, giving the Wolfpack some depth behind the plate. Bailey, of course, is standout defender who will see the overwhelming majority of the playing time at catcher, but Debo and Tresh both figure to be in the lineup every day as a first base/DH tandem, because they bring valuable power bats. Debo hit .335/.387/.493 as a freshman in 2017 and hasn’t put up the same kind of numbers since, but he has continued to work very hard and looks primed for a big senior year. He showed off his lefthanded strength against the Gamecocks, driving a double off the wall to the opposite-field gap on a 92 mph fastball from TJ Shook. Tresh, meanwhile, is one of my favorite breakout candidates in the region after hitting six homers in just 67 at-bats as a freshman. He offers easy righthanded juice, which he showcased with a pair of home runs against South Carolina, one to right-center on a 90 mph fastball, and one rocket to left that came off the bat at 107 mph.

    “He’s more than adequate behind the plate, but he’s got that man strength, those strong hands, strong forearms. When he hits it, he hits it pretty good,” Avent said. “Very dangerous player.”

    [​IMG]NC State’s Luca Tresh (Aaron Fitt)

    Another sophomore, Tyler McDonough, already established himself as an impact player last spring, when he hit .320/.392/.452 with five homers, 14 doubles and 10 stolen bases as the everyday center fielder. McDonough is a switch-hitter who can do a little bit of everything on the field — he has a knack for squaring up hard line drives but also has sneaky pop, he’s a good runner with instincts on the basepaths and in the outfield. He’s spent most of the fall playing second base, but he also could wind up back in the outfield if the Wolfpack opt to play junior J.T. Jarrett, a more polished defender, at second. Avent said Jarrett made a real commitment to getting stronger over the summer, and his work has paid off, making him a better offensive player. But his defense remains his calling card. McDonough has shown that he can hold his own on the infield dirt too.

    “He’s looked really good at second. If you saw him five days in a row and Jarrett five days in a row, you’d say Jarrett is a little more consistent defensively, but McDonough makes every play, turns the double play well. He’s just a playmaker,” Avent said. “He may not have the technique yet as polished, but I really think the kid’s going to play in the major leagues at second base. So if we have an outfielder who needs to get in the lineup badly then McDonough could play second. But if there’s no one doing real damage in the outfield, we could be a little better with J.T. at second and Tyler in center field. He’s just a playmaker, I don’t care where he plays.”

    If McDonough plays second, look for junior Jonny Butler to man center field, where his speed translates to very good range. Avent said Butler (who exited the South Carolina game with a rib injury and is now shut down) came back this fall a lot stronger and a lot better, so he’s another obvious pick to click.

    Fellow juniors Devonte Brown and Terrell Tatum figure to vie for time at the outfield corners, along with juco transfer Austin Murr. Brown and Tatum have flashed exciting upside over their first two years but have struggled to translate their athleticism and bat speed into consistent results in the spring, mostly because of inconsistent plate approaches. Brown really stood out in a strong summer in the Sunbelt League, where he worked hard to improve his plate discipline under the tutelage of former Georgia Tech star Corey Patterson. He’s a versatile defender who can play all over the infield or outfield, and Avent said he could even be an option at first base if needed, but his likeliest path to regular playing time is in right field. Tatum “has shown flashes of being a really good hitter and a basestealer,” but Avent said Brown is ahead of Tatum in the pecking order right now because he’s been a little bit better this fall.

    Murr, meanwhile, has a pretty line drive swing from the left side and impressed with his disciplined approach at the plate against South Carolina, drawing two walks, ripping a double to right with a 100 mph exit velo, lining a single to left, executing a sac bunt and a sac fly to center. His bat might be tough to keep out of the lineup, either in left field or at first base.

    Sophomore Vojtech Mensik appears to have a stranglehold on the third base job. Mensik held his own as a freshman coming over from the Czech Republic, hitting .250/.366/.367, but the physical, athletic righthanded hitter has made one of the biggest leaps of any player on the club this fall, and Avent can’t stop raving about his makeup.

    “His work ethic is so off the charts that he has gotten better and better and better, I think he has a chance to have a big year for us,” Avent said. “He plays all the time, he goes back to the Czech Republic and plays all summer. His work ethic, it’s just so good, it’s what it should be. He’s a great student doing engineering, but if he’s not doing engineering, he’s doing baseball. He’s really made a jump, so he’s a good player.”

    Fellow Czech junior Marek Chlup adds more depth to the outfield mix as another strong-bodied righthanded hitter with some upside. Junior David Vazquez is another good piece, a versatile utilityman who gives the ‘Pack insurance at third base and second.

    Finally, NC State appears to have a worthy successor to Wilson in dynamic freshman Jose Torres, who has a chance to be the latest in a long line of outstanding shortstops at NC State, from Wilson to Joe Dunand to Trea Turner to the Diaz brothers to Chad Orvella. Torres was the most exciting player on the field last Sunday, showing off serious bat speed with a two-run homer to left field (100 mph exit velo) and an opposite-field RBI triple off the right-field wall on a 93 mph fastball. He also delivered an RBI single through the right side after an excellent at-bat, working the count full. Defensively, he has silky smooth actions, quick feet, plus range, good body control and a strong arm with easy carry.

    “He’s playing very, very well,” Avent said. “He played really inconsistent defensively at the beginning of the fall, made a lot more errors than he should make for a guy with his skill set. He has tremendous hands, quick feet, accurate throwing arm. When he gets more consistent defensively, which he will, I think this guy has a chance to be — I don’t like to label people, but he has a chance to be a really good draft pick out of NC State. The last three or four weeks he’s gotten a lot more consistent than he was early. I think he’s got a chance to be the next in a long line of great shortstops at NC State.”

    So even though two of NC State’s biggest stars are gone, the Wolfpack might just have plenty of star power anyway between Bailey, McDonough, Torres and Mensik. There doesn’t appear to be any glaring hole in this lineup or pitching staff — the Wolfpack has versatility, balance, experience and talent.

    “We’ve got a lot of guys who look better, and a lot of new guys who I think have a chance to be pretty good,” Avent said. “So there are a lot of good players here.”
     
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    Schedule releases. 10/7 update. I've got 37.5 accounted for.

    Alabama
    Boise State (home games only)
    BYU
    Cal Poly
    Duke
    Fairfield
    Florida
    Florida A&M
    Gardner-Webb
    Georgia
    Georgia Southern
    Georgia State
    Illinois
    LSU
    Long Beach State
    Loyola-Marymount
    Michigan State
    Middle Tennessee
    Missouri State
    Nicholls
    North Alabama
    Northwestern State
    Ohio State
    Ole Miss
    Pepperdine
    Rice
    Richmond
    Rider
    Sacramento State
    San Diego State
    San Jose State
    Stetson
    TCU
    Texas A&M
    Tulane
    UConn
    Virginia
    Virginia Tech

    New since the update on 9/30:

    Fairfield
    Florida
    Long Beach State
    Loyola-Marymount
    Michigan State
    Middle Tennessee
    Missouri State
    Northern Colorado
    Northwestern State
    Ohio State
    Ole Miss
    Rice
    Rider
    Stetson
    Virginia
    Virginia Tech
     
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  34. sc_chant

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    Ours is normally released that weekend of the end of fall practice but we normally know it before then
     
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  35. Pokes

    Pokes That's the way baseball go
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    :lovelove:
     
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  36. Beagle

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    Schedule releases. 10/14 update. Up to 46.5 schedules.

    Alabama
    BYU
    Boise State (home games only)
    Cal Poly
    Dallas Baptist
    Delaware
    Duke
    Fairfield
    Florida
    Florida A&M
    Gardner-Webb
    Georgia
    Georgia Southern
    Georgia State
    Illinois
    Jacksonville State
    LSU
    Long Beach State
    Loyola-Marymount
    Maryland
    Michigan State
    Middle Tennessee
    Missouri State
    Mount St. Mary’s
    Nicholls
    North Alabama
    Northern Colorado
    Northwestern State
    Ohio State
    Ole Miss
    Pacific
    Pepperdine
    Rice
    Richmond
    Rider
    Sacramento State
    San Diego State
    San Jose State
    Siena
    Stetson
    TCU
    Texas A&M
    Texas State
    Tulane
    UConn
    Virginia
    Virginia Tech

    New since 10/7:

    Dallas Baptist
    Delaware
    Jacksonville State
    Maryland
    Mount St. Mary’s
    Northern Colorado
    Pacific
    Siena
    Texas State
     
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  37. cdaysker

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    The NCAA is just the fucking worst
     
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  38. Pharm

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    It's the schools vetoing it
     
  39. cdaysker

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    Point still stands
     
  40. bertwing

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    We all know who the shitty AD’s are
     
  41. billdozer

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  42. killerwvu

    killerwvu Restoring WVU's E-Rep 1 Post At A Time
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    There's been talk of 32-16-8 tournament

    32 hosts (best of 3)
    Super regionals
    World series


    And also talk of awarding 3 scholarships to seniors and wouldn't count against the 11.7
     
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  43. killerwvu

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    I believe some conference representative voted against what the conference wanted, at least according to Kendall..wtf
     
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  44. JGator1

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    I'd prefer not messing with the regional/superegional format but :idk:
     
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  45. NP13

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    i think you need an extra weekend in there.
     
  46. killerwvu

    killerwvu Restoring WVU's E-Rep 1 Post At A Time
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    Think the argument is you would save arms during regionals

    Max of 3 games vs 5
     
  47. killerwvu

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    Yea, now looking at it, you do

    I'm too lazy to go and look at the proposal
     
  48. killerwvu

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  49. NP13

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    i like the current format, but this would be very good for us. we'd definitely host the first round almost every year, and would probably host the 2nd round most years.
     
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  50. killerwvu

    killerwvu Restoring WVU's E-Rep 1 Post At A Time
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    Earlier today I went through every single one trying to find a WVU away series....trying to plan to go to an away series this year and we're we're like the last team to announce :killme:
     
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