A wide-ranging interview that covers just about everything, including playoff expansion.
But at the end of the day, one of the biggest reasons I think you need to expand to eight is I think there’s a lot of collateral damage that’s being done. Bowl games have always been important, but if you look at the Playoff, their guys stayed on their teams. Other guys opted out. Where is the risk-reward of that whole situation?
I’ve been doing this a long time, but I don’t think just because we’ve always done something is a good reason to keep doing it. I don’t think that’s right. You have to keep moving the game forward. We can’t always make decisions because of money. That’s how we pay the bills. It is. But like any good business, you sometimes have to take a step back to take two steps forward. We need to make good decisions. We need to do what’s best for the game, not just for our pockets.
Get him, Berry.
“But I do think the intraconference can complicate things and the world of coaches understand the big picture and understand that’s gonna bring along a lot of negatives that I just don’t know that we want in this game. That’s something that we’ve been adamantly opposed to for a long time.”
Riley is right. Intraconference transfers bring trouble to coaches. But that’s the point. College athletics has been coach-centric for lo these many years. And that’s changing.
Coaches still get their big bucks. Still got those golden contracts that are mostly one way, allowing them to come and go as they please. But athletes are clamoring for that freedom too, and coaches who stand in the way make for a very bad look.
If this is the turning point, the Frogs are a contender.
“Every run is precious in Big 12 play,” said Humphreys, who was 7-for-13 with five RBIs during the series. “To put up two 10-spots in the last two games is really good. It really helps out your pitching staff.”
TCU right-hander Johnny Ray took full advantage Sunday, being aggressive and carrying a no-hitter into the fifth inning. That bid was broken up by Baylor’s Antonio Valdez, who started the frame with a homer.
Still, the Frogs rolled to an easy victory and series sweep. It’s the second three-game sweep of the season for TCU, which outscored Liberty 25-5 over the Feb. 26-27 set.
Credit the team meeting that took place in Louisiana even if Schlossnagle would like to avoid having more of them in the future.
“We needed a wake-up call because we know we’re a good team but we weren’t playing like it,” Humphreys said. “We were playing bad baseball, just not making good defensive plays or putting together good at-bats. That was a good wake-up call.”
Eli made the defensive play of the series Saturday and got his offense back on track over the weekend.
As his plate discipline would suggest, Nunez is mature beyond his years on the field and in the clubhouse. He speaks as though he’s been in the program for years rather than months.
“I’ve been playing baseball a long time. I know who I am as an individual and as a player,” Nunez said. “I don’t need clarification or gratification. I know I can go 0-for-4 in two games and then have a breakthrough game and go 4-for-4 with two doubles and a couple of singles. It’s baseball. You’re not going to succeed more than you fail. But I just know who I am and I know when my time is called, I can get the job done.”