Monday, April 30, 2007
This time it was the ninth inning. The previous day's 5-3 victory had given us the chance to sweep a conference opponent for the first time this season. "Our hitters fought to get the lead back against their closer." We are in good shape, up by three and an at-bat left. An error, a walk, and a homer tie it. Baylor eventually chews threw four pitchers, gets seven runs and is up by four.
Our turn. We have guys on first and second and one out. The next two batters strike out and pop up. Game over.
Oh ya, the ladies lost to Tech in the final game of the season.
Texas - 7
Nebraska - 4
Kansas State - 3
Oklahoma - 3
Texas Tech - 3
Baylor - 2
Oklahoma State - 2
Colorado - 2
Iowa State - 2
Missouri - 1
Kansas - 0
Texas A&M - 0
We can take comfort in two things. 1) We were not the only Big-12 school shunned by the draft, and 2) why would a basketball school care about the NFL draft?
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Our bats were hot in Waco and no one knows that better than Baylor relief-pitcher, Jeffcoat. He faced five batters, gave up five hits and five runs before he was pulled. Zero innings pitched and five earned runs has got to wreck this guy's average. Jason Meyer did his best to to match Jeffcoat's performance, but his .2 innings and 4 earned runs wasn't quite enough to reach the infinity ERA mark.
The three-game series finishes up in College Station this weekend.
Friday, April 27, 2007
Depending on what board you look at, we have between two and five players in the draft:
- Justin Warren - ILB
- Melvin Bullitt - S
- Courtney Lewis - RB
- Jason Jack - DE
- L'Tydrick Riley - WR
Any score between 21-49 indicates the player "does not have the full package in terms of NFL talent" but may be a "diamond in the rough." 20 indicates the player is good enough to get a grade but may be picked up in the pre-season.
I wounder if this will hurt our recruiting. Any guesses on the number of decommits we get next week?
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
On the other end is the San Antonio Express. I have to give Brent Z credit here. In my opinion, he usually attempts to get his readers a little rilled up, but not this time. Brent's reaction to Joe's announcement? "Can’t blame him." Just being a part of the pre-draft process "can only help his career" by getting "his name in pro circles". He also expects "to see Jones back in maroon next season – as the undisputed leader." In this article it seems only obvious that Joe would enter the draft then withdraw.
Then you have Fort Worth Star-Telegram who didn't think the story was worth their time and just reran the press release.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Monday, April 23, 2007
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
First pitch is set for 6:30 CST at Olsen.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
The women's golf team defended their Big-12 title. This is our 5th conference championships of the year.
The softball team took both games from OSU.
B.J. Homes grew up in Alief, TX where he attended Hasting High School. He is not a big guy, 5-10 160, but still averaged 17.2 points, 7.8 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 2.5 steals. BJ was district MVP his Sophmore and Junior year. In his Junior year hew was also an All-State and All-Greater Houston pick. In the Kingwood Classic, an AAU tournament, BJ lead the T-Mac All-Stars to a victory over Califonria Hoops with 17 points. He did had trouble finishing at the basket and "still needs to put on weight."
B.J. is a premier, true point guard and those guys are few and far between. He’s played on winning teams his entire life. He plays bigger than his size and is a tremendous competitor.Dave Telep (Scout.com):
B.J. plays a lot tougher than his listed size.Mike Kunstadt (Texas Hoops):
B.J. Is very quick and is a good ball-handler, scorer and penetrator. He also is a good on-ball man defender and is very athletic. He's a true point guard and is a really nice addition to the A&M program.BJ picked us over Illinois, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Texas, Georgetown, Charlotte and Miami (Fla.).
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
"I was really nervous about everything, but after the first conversations with every kid, I knew that it was going to work out. I just wanted to meet everyone face to face."
If you had any questions about what kind of man Coach T is, this should put it to rest. For a week or so worked both the A&M and WSU jobs concurrently so he would not leave WSU in a bad situation, "Wichita State is a great place and I told Jim [the WSU AD] that I would do whatever I could to help until they hired a coach." Who did he do it for? "the seniors I left behind". Very classy.
Here is a bit of history for you, our series win over Mizzou was our first Big-12 road series win since 2004. Wow.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Turgeon met with, and convinced all but one of our recruits to honor their commitment to Texas A&M. 4 out of 5 isn't bad, epically when the one that go away is a JUCO player from Moscow, and not a top-10 player from Houston.
Here is what the guys had to say about Turgoen...
I had a great visit with Coach Turgeon and I think he will be a good fit for me. I'm looking forward to being a part of great things at A&M next season.Jordan
I didn't know much about Coach Turgeon before I met him. I liked what he was talking about and where he is taking the program. That convinced me.Lewis
I am looking forward to going to Texas A&M next year. After meeting Coach Turgeon, I decided to stay with A&M. I talked to him for a while and decided he was a pretty cool guy.Walkup (I am pretty sure this is an old quote)
I've wanted to play at A&M and win a national championship there, so that's what I plan to do. We want to come in next year and build on what the guys before us have done.
With Victor going elsewhere, we have one open scholarship. When Gillispie came in he had a few open spots, so he signed three guys: Slade Weishuhn, Edjuan Green, and Dom-Kirk. 2 of these guys didn't work out (Edjuan had a few games where he looked good, but Slade was pretty much always hurt) and 1 guy has started every game and pretty took over in the dance this year. I don't know who might fill that spot, but when Turgeon says "Now we can focus on recruiting our next class" I am led to believe he has no one in mind.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
MVP of Adidas Allstar Game, u know how that goes!Don't judge me.
Even the paralyzed feel my impact!!!
**** yall, Ima AGGIE! I still love Coach G
[UPDATE] Here is the first sentence from the story on aggieathletics.com "David Newmann struck out seven in six scoreless innings and Luke Anders went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI". I am not going to say that they stole this off me, but you cannot ignore the similarities. I will let you decide who scooped who.
I like Steven McGee. I think he brought a toughness and determination to our team that has not been there since Reggie McNeal came onto the scene. But two things worried me last year: his inability to find open receivers and the hits. So it was good news that he has learned to find "his second, third and fourth options" and bad news that he tried to "overpower [Mark Dodge] on a scramble attempt" and took a running hit. The hits are just part of his game, so as fans we have to cross our fingers and hope he can last two more seasons. Cornell Tarrant was able to show off his 4.3 speed. In the last 36 seconds of the game he "took [his] first step, immediately cut left, and just used [his] speed the rest of the way" to the end zone. This guy is our 3rd option in the backfield, things are looking good.
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Congrats to Dat Nguyen, he was named to the AT&T Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame. In the 1998 Cotton Bowl Dat had 20 tackles, 15 solos (Cotton Bowl record), 7 for loss and a pick. Some how we still lost that game.
Friday, April 13, 2007
The DeAndre Jordan story is dragging out a bit. DJ's AAU coach, Byrton Smith, has not changed his story ( "As far as I know, he's still committed to A&M"), but comments from DJ himself would make any Aggie squirm. "I don't know what the future holds right now. I'm just trying to feel out the staff [at A&M] and see how they are." Cross your fingers that the meeting between Turgeon and DJ on Sunday goes well, very very well. This might cheer you up, DJ said that leaving the choice of college question blank was "merely an oversight."
Brent Z likes to get us all rilled up, but I am officially ignoring all Gillispie/A&M stories. Turgeon is the only coach I care about.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Looks like today is the day for coaches to confirm things about players.
Roy Williams (the UNC head coach, not the Cowboys safety and not the Lions wide receiver) cannot say enough good things about his former assistant (Turgeon, duh).
He's got the intelligence, he's got the organization ability, he's got the competitiveness, and he's got the passion. To me, those are the four qualities I would want a guy to have, and he's got that whole package.
He's very well-prepared. He's got a wonderful sense of humor; he likes people.
He'll be very passionate about the job. He'll be passionate about A&M; he'll be passionate about all the programs. He'll be a wonderful addition to the athletic department, the community. He'll be fantastic.
A&M is getting a guy who is extremely well-prepared. I just think it's a great, great match. It's a great marriage for everybody.
Ya, ya, that is all very nice. But would Roy give Turgeon a Coke?
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
On Texas recruiting...
Looks forward to driving around Texas and recruiting home-grown kids.On the legendary coaches he was worked under...
WSUwas close to BigD and H-Town, so it was convenient. 6 of 9 players on the Sweet 16 team were Texans. Having A&M on your chest takes recruiting to whole new level. Gonna try to get the best players in the state.
Roy Williams taught MT how to be a better person, how to run an offense, how to recruit. He and Brown were his two biggest influences.On the NBA...
Learned how to double team, use ball screens. Helped him learn more advanced plays. NBA experience gives a coach more credibility, which helps his recruiting.Style of play...
Says it will be a lot Gillispie's man-to-man. He's big on defense. On offense, he likes Kansas & North Carolina style. Likes fast, motion offense. Likes to run. Not 100% sure how he'll run ours - needs to see our players more, but he knows how to adapt.On our current recruits...
Made calls last night. "The players that have signed, they love A&M and they love the current players." Feels "pretty confident" that all the recruits will be here. Not allowed to go out and do face-to-face until Friday. One recruit is out of town until Sunday, so they'll have a busy weekend.On being at Texas A&M...
2 of them watched the press yesterday, and MT "thinks they were sold after watching it." He knows people are concerned about 'the big fella' (DJ), but he is confident about the power of A&M and his (MT's) own background and the type of coach he is, he can't see why it won't work out.
"No doubt in my mind this is where I need to be. I'm excited, my family is excited." This is a huge step in my career. I'm gonna take A&M basketball to a whole new level.
Adam- that is an interesting question. He knows coach Gillispie well, but a player signs with a school and not a coach. Kentucky could use someone like Jordan. But releases are not a given, and we do not know if Jordan will even want to go to Kentucky, as he is a native Texan, and A&M may deny that request since he is one of the best centers in the country. I doubt that A&M will grant a release, and so then it will come down the appeals process, which will take a while. I'm sure Gillispie would want him, but it is not really up to him. I think Jordan will stay at Texas A&M.Is it worth forcing a kid to stay? DJ has the NBA scouts to impress, so regardless of what happens he will be great. I am worried about damaging the image of our athletic department. If a release is not granted, then we become the program that puts the well being of its athletes behind its own interests. You can be sure that will be dug up in any head-to-head recruiting battles. "Remember what they did to DJ".
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Here is a fun game, compare the pics from Turgeon's introduction....
And Gillispie's introduction....
Anyone still think basketball is not important in College Station?
Monday, April 9, 2007
[UPDATE] Here is the athletic department's press release. I am curious to see how many people show up to greet Turgeon. I will set the over/under at 500. Any takers?
[UPDATE] It looks like the announcement will be 1 hour later and one day sooner. 4pm TODAY! Still no official link, so take that with a grain of salt.
[UPDATE] The rumor now is that there is a team meeting at 4 pm today. Not sure about when the press conference would be. One would think if the 4pm players meeting info is accurate, the public announcement would be... 4:03? Ya, I know. I'm sorry for any plane tickets purchased based on previous, unconfirmed information.
[UPDATE] Wow, how annoying these updates must be. This is a good one though, "CBSsportsline.com said a contract will likely be offered today and that Turgeon will return to Wichita to meet his team before being introduced as the Aggies' new coach in College Station on Tuesday." So lets just pretend that my 1st update was never made. I also like the fact the is going to tell his players face-to-face. Keep glued to the flight tracker.
Sunday, April 8, 2007
Here are some quick facts about Mark Turegon. In 8 seasons at Wichita State he:
- Won a Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championship
- finished with a Top 25 ranking
- has two NCAA Tournament wins
- was awarded the MVC Coach of the Year Award
- had Back-to-back-to-back 20-plus winning seasons
- appeared in Four-straight postseason appearances in (NIT in 2003, 2004, 2005 and NCAA in 2006)
- a reserve point guard on the Kansas
- an assistant to Larry Brownel at Kansas (1988 National Championship)
- an assistant to Roy Williams at Kansas (Big Eight Conference Championships in 1991 & 1992, NCAA runner-up in 1991, Big Eight Tournament Champion in 1992).
- an assistant to Larry Brown with the Philadelphia 76ers
The final game of the Texas Tech series was canceled due to snow. There will be no make-up game, but "a game may be added to the Aggies' midweek schedule later this year." I really don't understand this. A game against Tech? Wouldn't that be a make-up game? We took the first game, 7-4, and Tech evened the series the next day 8-3. Matt Ueckert took the loss after giving up four runs in 3 1/2 innings. In other good news, we were also 3-15 with runners in scoring position and had two errors that led to three runs.
Saturday, April 7, 2007
B.J. Holmes: Following Rick Barnes's recipe for success, we went after a point guard whose first name had the second initial "J", and it looks like we still have him. Fellow recruit Nathan Walkup talked to him and said, "B.J. sounded really confident he'd stay at A&M".
Nathan Walkup: Nathan is defiantly staying. In fact he is trying to rally the troops, "I'm trying to get B.J. and DeAndre to not even consider leaving... along with Derrek Lewis".
Derrek Lewis: This is the only incoming freshman not from Houston. His reaction to Billy-G leaving was, "Right now I have no clue. It's something I'm going to have sit down and talk about with my parents. We'll then decide what I'm going to do." This guy was also recruited by Tulsa, a school that is MUCH closer to home.
Victor Dubovitsky: No word on this JC guy from Moscow, Russia.
DeAndre Jordan: And the top guy of the class, his status unknown. Josh Cater texted him after Billy ditched us, but DeAndre didn't indicated what he would do.
The status of most of these guys is depends on the quality of coach $Bill can bring in.
[UPDATE] This quote is old, but I missed it. DeAndre Jordan was asked BEFORE Billy left what he would do and he said, "If he did leave, I probably would have left and went with him. I would have just looked at all my options." And Derik Lewis's dad said that "We were going to Texas A&M because of coach Gillispie. The coaches that are still there, we have a good rapport with them. A lot of what happens will depend on what Bill Byrne does and who ends up there."
Friday, April 6, 2007
I will do my best to keep a running list. Lets start with Andy Katz's list:
1. Winthrop's Gregg Marshall (Byrne spoke with after the Aggies beat the Eagles this season)
2. Pitt's Jamie Dixon
3. Nebraska's Doc Sadler
4. Wichita State's Mark Turgeon
Anyone want to add to the list?
[UPDATE] I am not going to put coach mentioned on texags, but this one is fun. $Bill is going to throw the bank at USC's Tim Floyd. I looked into photoshoping that one, but there no good action shots of $Bill. So now we have...
5. UCS's Tim Floyd
I understand, but he always talked to us about being adults and being men, and you would think as a man he would have called his players and talked to us about it. I totally understand why he took the job and that Kentucky is a better basketball school and a better place to be, but he’s still our coach and I want him to be here. It doesn’t change the fact that I’m upset about it.
I would also like to remind you of a good Billy-G quote, "I'm honest with my players." Really?
Thursday, April 5, 2007
[UPDATE] SA-Express picked up the story now. "Mitch Barnhart called Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne about 7 p.m. Thursday night to seek permission to speak to Aggies basketball coach Billy Gillispie about the Wildcats’ vacancy. Byrne granted Barnhart permission." This is all happening very fast.
[UPDATE] ESPN has it. At this point you have to think he is gone. Every other coach took themselves out of it (Pitino, Barnes, Donovan) before being contacted. I hope he stays, but I also hope $Bill Byrne has some coaches on speed dial.
Jealous? Junior Lefty David Newmann will get the start for game 1 of the 3 game series. Newman is 4-1 after and sports a 3.26 ERA. Tech is giving us a little boost (not that we need it), by removing an "unspecified number of players" from their lineup. I guess that will be specified number of players in around 6pm tonight. Here are some notes from spring football practice, I don't get much out of these. Maybe I you do. I am tired of the Billy-G-UK story, so you must look elsewhere for news. Try here, here, or here (that last one is a link to a UK student government vote endorsing Billy Donovan. Next up is a vote endorsing gravity.) The Arkansas head basketball coaching job is now radioactive. 1st their new coach backs out and now "two players tested positive for marijuana recently, and another is under academic suspension." Pretty safe to assume those two things are related.
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
Monday, April 2, 2007
Here is the list of schools with top-10 highest paid basketball and football coaches:
- Ohio State
- Texas A&M
Both the baseball team and softball team bounced back after 1st game losses. The boys cleaned up their defense (7 errors in the 1st game) and took the next two games from Nebraska to win the series, 8-5 (3 errors) and 8-7 (2 errors). The girls won the 2nd game 9-4 to split the series against #3 OU.