UofL baseball drops a spot in national ranking

The University of Louisville baseball team dropped a spot in the D1 Baseball’s national rankings following a week in which the Cardinals won two games and lost two.Screenshot 2015-05-18 11.39.58

UofL is currently ranked third, behind UCLA, which won all four of its games last week, and just ahead of Texas Christian University which also won all four of its games. LSU remains No. 1.

If there’s a good thing about dropping a spot, it’s less pressure on UofL. The Cards needed any kind of a break after seven games in nine days.

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Louisville will compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference event this week. Not a tournament format until Sunday, when the two teams with the week’s best records in the four-team pods line up against each other. Here’s the schedule:

2015 ACC Baseball Championship Schedule

Tuesday, May 19

#7 Virginia vs. #10 Georgia Tech, 11 a.m. (RSN)
#8 North Carolina vs. #9 Virginia Tech, 3 p.m. (RSN)

Wednesday, May 20

#4 Florida State vs. #5 Clemson, 11 a.m. (RSN)
#2 Miami vs. #7 Virginia/ #10 Georgia Tech, 3 p.m. (RSN)
#1 Louisville vs. #8 North Carolina/#9 Virginia Tech, 7 p.m. (RSN)

Thursday, May 21

#3 Notre Dame vs. #6 NC State, 11 a.m. (RSN)
#5 Clemson vs. #1 Louisville, 3 p.m. (RSN)
#4 Florida State vs. #8 North Carolina/#9 Virginia Tech, 7 p.m. (RSN)

Friday, May 22

#3 Notre Dame vs. #7 Virginia/ #10 Georgia Tech, 11 a.m. (RSN)
#5 Clemson vs. #8 North Carolina/#9 Virginia Tech, 3 p.m. (RSN)
#2 Miami vs. #6 NC State, 7 p.m. (RSN)

Saturday, May 23

#1 Louisville vs. #4 Florida State, 11 a.m. (RSN)
#2 Miami vs. #3 Notre Dame, 3 p.m. (RSN)
#6 NC State vs. #7 Virginia/ #10 Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (RSN)

Sunday, May 24

ACC Championship, 1 p.m. (ESPN2)


Texas persuaded or outvoted on TCU, or neither?

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The least shall be first.

So much for Texas being deadset against TCU joining the Big 12 Conference. Seems to be the trend in conference expansion,  the parties doing exactly the opposite of the signals they’ve been sending.

TCU is in. Either Texas changed its mind, or it was outvoted on conference expansion/realignment.

The next big foregone conclusion was that Texas didn’t want to expand beyond 10 members.


Oklahoma’s David Boren not encouraging

Difficult to accept, but the University of Louisville’s conference future may lie in the hands of one David Boren, the president of the University of Oklahoma.

Boren, oddly enough, is one of the advocates of increasing the Big 12’s conference membership to 12 programs by adding three schools. But in the same breath he adds, “If we were to rush out and get less than top flight members I think that would be a mistake.”

If we are to take him literally, that means that Boren is less than enamored with some of the schools among the leading candidates, which include Brigham Young, TCU, Air Force, Louisville, West Virginia and Cincinnati. The followers of the schools not selected will justifiably be offended by Boren’s ill-timed and badly-phrased declaration.

Boren, a former Oklahoma governor and three-term U.S. Senator, is used to having his way. A recent exception was the failed effort to get OU and Oklahoma State into the PAC 12 conference. He was president at OU when former U of L football coach Howard Schnellenberger resigned after his first season.

He told John Hoover of the Tulsa World that he prefers BYU, TCU or Air Force to get to 10, or all three for 12.  We are left to assume that Boren lumps U of L, WVU and Cincinnati among the less than “top flight.”

Between the Big 12 plot lines

More mixed messages on the University of Louisville’s odds of receiving an invite from the Big 12 via Orangebloods, the fan site the University of Texas uses to send out trial balloons.

  • TCU, a school Texas has heretofore adamantly opposed as a conference member, may be gaining in favor, especially with Texas.
  • BYU was the favorite, but the school is a bit cautious about getting involved with all the infighting in the conference.
  • No special consideration for Louisville, which is lumped together with West Virginia and Cincinnati in an outside group of contenders.
  • Texas wants to hold expansion to 10 members but other members would like to expand to 12 members to solidify the conference with more numbers.
  • The TV partners (ABC/ESPN and Fox) would be comfortable with TCU to continue paying out the money in their contracts with the league.

A happy ending to all this conference expansion/realignment drama remains a long shot at best.

TCU gives Big East football a power boost

Texas Christian University has accepted an invitation for full membership into the Big East Conference.

TCU will become the 17th conference member on July 1, 2012, with athletic teams competing in the 2012-13 academic year. With an enrollment of 9,142 in Fort Worth, TCU competes in 20 sports.

“Our membership is genuinely excited to add an institution of the caliber of TCU to our Conference,” stated Big East Conference Commissioner John Marinatto.  “Located in one of the top five media markets in the country, TCU also enables the BIG EAST to extend its media footprint, which already encompasses more than a quarter of the country.”

“The addition of TCU ensures that the Big East will continue to remain one of the nation’s premier athletic conferences well into the future,” stated John I. Jenkins, president of Notre Dame and chairman of the Big East CEO executive committee.

Probably the most surprising thing about the announcement is that Notre Dame’s president is chairman of the Big East’s executive committee.