Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Baylor Wins Again?

Don't look now, but Baylor may just get it's second national title this year.

Almost a month and a half after Baylor won it all at the Women's Final Four, it's top-ranked Men's tennis team is on the verge of a national title, after
waxing Florida.

And it's baseball team may end up hosting a regional and getting a top 8 national seed, which means Baylor would host a super-regional if it wins the regional and have an easier road to the College World Series.

Not bad when you consider that in 1994 there were some who wondered why Baylor and not the University of Houston was going to be included in the Big XII.

See what happens when you finish behind Texas Tech, Mark?

Sunday, the Texas A&M Aggies baseball team, who were picked to finished second in the conference in pre-season polls, lost to Texas in an 11-1 mercy-rule rout. The loss meant A&M would finish a game behind 8th place Texas Tech and out of the Big XII tournament for the first time since the conference's formation.

A&M fired skipper Mark Johnson, who compiled an 876-433-3 in 21 seasons in College Station.

While, as a Red Raider fan, I take some pleasure in the struggles of the Aggies (who finished 9th out of the 10 baseball-playing schools of the Big XII), I can't help but wonder why they would treat someone who coaches a non-revenue sport with that career record so harshly. A football or basketball coach with a winning record who has a next-to-last finish might get the ax, or at least be on the hotseat, but an AD will usually let a non-revenue sport coach with a career record like Johnson's to slide.

Looks like with Fox College Sports, CSTV, and ESPNU, now televising more sports, the stakes are getting higher for everyone.

Oh well, I hear the Astros' may be looking for a new skipper, Mark.

I'll have an article on
Spur of the Moment later today.
Tomorrow: Big XII Baseball Preview.
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