The ACC and SEC, who held seven of the eight national seeds, and 17 overall, are sending a combined two teams to the series. Meanwhile, the Big 12, with three teams in the field, will send all three teams to Omaha.
“I wouldn’t put anything past our guys at this point,” Horned Frogs coach Jim Schlossnagle told reporters. “This is a new club from the last two, one that has bought into the ideals of the program.
“As long as you stay in the winners’ bracket in Omaha, it sets up really well for us. About a month ago, I said our best baseball was ahead of us, and it showed in the last two weeks.”
Coach Schlossnagle compared this year's task to that of his first College World Series team, the 2010 squad that also had to go through A&M in College Station to book their trip to Omaha. But the standards have certainly been raised for the program since that Cinderella trip six seasons ago.
“I don’t really know what my expectations were,” Trieglaff said. “Obviously, the standard is to go to Omaha. But for this team, going down there, with the adversity we’ve faced, we’ve done some pretty amazing things. We’re playing good baseball right now. It sounds a little corny, but it’s true — it’s not about the best team, it’s the team that plays the best.”
Coach Patterson likes to tweet that "recruiting is heating up" right before he secures a verbal commitment, but in the last week, recruiting is absolutely on fire. Collins is the fourth member of the class of 2017 to pledge in the last week. Collins is the highest rated of the four, all of whom project to play on the defensive side of the ball for GP and the Frogs.
Collins is rated as a four-star prospect by 247 Sports which rates him as the No. 9 strongside defensive end in the country.
The highly rated and heavily recruited defensive tackle is the latest in what has become a long tradition of star players matriculating from Monroe to Fort Worth. And he may be the best yet.
That the Horned Frogs coming into northeastern Louisiana and snagged another top prospect is little surprise, especially from West Monroe where the Horned Frogs have had several key signees from West of the Ouachita River bolster its roster in recent years including Chucky Hunter, Terrell Lathan and JT McFarland and Connor Osborne . In the past two years, Neville wide receiver KaVontae Turpin and Bastrop wide receiver Isaiah Graham have signed with TCU as well as former Neville and LSU wideout John Diarse transferring to TCU.
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While Dan Wolken of USA Today says the move is unlikely to happen, there are some powerful people with big pocketbooks pushing for Briles to be reinstated. The media backlash has been swift and severe since the news broke over the weekend, though, and that may ultimately prevent the Bears from reinstating their currently "suspended with intent to terminate" coach.
I'll let one of the voting members speak for himself:
Gale Galloway, another former regent chair and Baylor football player, said he supports Briles.
“One of the finest men I’ve known is Art Briles,” said Galloway, 86. “He certainly deserves to be reinstated. This (his firing) is heartbreaking and an overreaction.”
He added, “The university needs to put the most qualified people back in their jobs to do their jobs. In my experience, we’ve cured problems within by utilizing the best people to do it. The board needs to take positive action and move beyond the scars it’s going to leave. You don’t alienate your shareholders, and ours are our alumni.”
Galloway said he has not seen any other evidence from Pepper Hamilton but said Briles should not have been fired.
“If he has been negligent in reporting or receiving phone calls in relation to transgressions, he’s admitted he made mistakes,” he said. “He’s a fine man and father. No one respects womanhood more than Art.”