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11/5/2013 3:29:54 PM
Topic:
ASU Looses AD to UT

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AUSTIN, Texas — Arizona State athletic director Steve Patterson is leaving the Sun Devils for Texas, where he will take over the wealthiest athletic department in the country and a program facing serious questions about the job security of its football and men’s basketball coaches as well as its president.

Patterson accepted an offer from Texas on Tuesday after interviewing for the job over the weekend. West Virginia’s Oliver Luck had reportedly been the leading candidate, but it will instead be Patterson who succeeds DeLoss Dodds, who is stepping down at Texas after 32 years.

“Steve Patterson emerged as the perfect candidate to build on Texas’ athletic success and DeLoss Dodds’ legacy,” Texas President Bill Powers said.

Patterson’s hiring must still be approved the University of Texas System Board of Regents, which meets Nov. 12-13, but that step is considered likely. The search panel included two regents, Steve Hicks and Robert Stillwell, who are the board’s athletics liaisons. Powers’ office said Patterson would be introduced as a news conference later this week.

Patterson’s most immediate questions at Texas likely center on the future of the football coach Mack Brown, men’s basketball coach Rick Barnes, and a potential federal civil rights lawsuit from former women’s track coach Bev Kearney, who was forced to resign in January after revelations a previous relationship with one of her athletes.

He also comes to Austin at a time when his new boss is also fighting for his job. Powers has tangled with the regents in recent years over tuition and graduation rates and other issues, and has a thin majority of support on the nine-member board. State lawmakers are investigating whether to impeach one regent over attempts to force Powers out.

Dodds and Powers have been Brown’s staunchest allies through three consecutive sub-par seasons for the storied Texas football program. Brown faced intense criticism and renewed speculation about his job security when Texas started 1-2, but the Longhorns are on a five-game winning streak and in first place in the Big 12.

The men’s basketball program opens its season Friday night at home against Mercer. The Longhorns had their first losing season in 15 years under Barnes last year and haven’t made it past the first weekend of the NCAA tournament in five years.

Texas began its job search last month when Dodds announced he would leave by Aug. 31, 2014. Dodds had said he would stay in the job until his replacement was found, but would step aside into an advising role once that person got to campus.

Patterson, 55, has been Arizona State athletic director only since March 2012 and had previously been responsible for the school’s athletics business operations and facilities. Patterson has deep Texas ties: He got his undergraduate and law degrees at Texas, and had executive jobs with the Houston Texans in the NFL and the Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA.

“Steve helped build an NBA championship team and brought the Super Bowl game to Houston. Far more important, he’s run a winning program at Arizona State that places students first and is committed to their lifelong success,” Powers said.

Arizona State President Michael M. Crow said senior Vice President James Rund would serve as the Sun Devil’s interim athletic director. Crow said he understood Patterson’s desire to return to Texas and wished him well.

“During his stay at ASU, Steve Patterson has positioned Sun Devil athletics to continue its forward momentum well into the future,” Crow said. “He first became involved with ASU three years ago to put the university’s athletic department on a sound financial footing and that is exactly what he has done.”
edited by ASU74 on 11/5/2013
11/6/2013 12:46:18 PM
Topic:
Oregon State fall notebook: Scouting Notes (CBT)

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BeaverBob wrote:
Florida Beaver wrote:
ASU74 wrote:
BeaverBob wrote:
I can't wait for baseball to begin. FB and Fred, I hope you are enjoying the offseason. Fred, DM has relocated to the beautiful state of Arizona. Don't try to covert him to a Devil.


No ****? I will be closing on my new Scottsdale address next week & relocating in February. Where is DM moving to?



BB, I think Fred has lost it. I read where you told him DM is moving to Arizona. Then Fred asks where DM is moving to. I think his comprehension skills took a hit in the off-season.


FB, Fred is suffering from St Pauli Girl syndrome The lack of comprehension skills is just one symptom. Moving to Scottsdale is another symptom.

Fred, I think DM is moving or has already moved to the Phoenix area to be closer to his kids. What a good dad.

I'm planning on heading down to watch the OSU series. Let's plan on getting together.
edited by BeaverBob on 11/5/2013


BB
For whatever reason the ASU/OSU series will be played up there again this year....however the Beavs are spending most of February in the Valley....I should be there by then....it will take a while to do the physical relocation.....but you bet we can get together. Toast

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FB wrote:
BB, I think Fred has lost it. I read where you told him DM is moving to Arizona. Then Fred asks where DM is moving to. I think his comprehension skills took a hit in the off-season.


OK you guys!!......... I asked:
"Where is DM moving to."
I'l be information specific and type REAL slow, so you can read it REAL slow....for you Aggie Beavers.......What town in Arizona is DM moving to? OH...BB...Phoenix area.....THX.....could have been down south with the Pussycats.......so hows about givin' a Devil a break?


For ya Aggie Beavs.....ya know how many Aggie jokes there are.....
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3....all the rest are true stories.
11/6/2013 3:07:35 PM
Topic:
NCAA To Switch To Flat-Seamed Balls In 2015

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November 6, 2013 by Aaron Fitt


In an effort to boost offense, the Division I Baseball Committee voted unanimously Tuesday to switch from the raised-seam baseball currently used during the NCAA tournament to a flat-seamed ball, starting in 2015. Conferences won’t be required to use the flat-seamed ball during the regular season, but all of them figure to adopt the new ball in 2015 in order to prepare for the postseason.

The Division II and D-III baseball committees must make their own decisions about whether or not to change balls. They are in the process of surveying their coaches, and there is no timetable yet for when they might discuss the issue.

The D-I switch was widely expected after an NCAA study revealed that the flat-seamed ball travels an average of 20 feet longer out of a pitching machine set to simulate typical home run conditions than the raised-seam ball, as we reported Oct. 2. American Baseball Coaches Association executive director Dave Keilitz presented that data to coaches last month and asked them for feedback. About 80 percent of the nearly 300 Division I coaches cast votes, and 87 percent of the respondents supported switching to the flat-seamed ball.

“We received overwhelming support from the baseball coaches around the country,” committee chairman Dennis Farrell said in a conference call Tuesday. “We look at the baseball coaches as the practitioners of this sport that would tell us whether the flat-seamed baseball would increase the offensive output that we feel the sport is in need of at this point.”

Farrell said committee members were concerned about the diminishing offensive production at the College World Series since the less-potent BBCOR bats were instituted and the event moved from hitter-friendly Rosenblatt Stadium to cavernous TD Ameritrade Park in 2011. In the final year of the old bats and the old stadium, there were 32 home runs at the CWS. This year, there were three long balls in 14 games, and there were just 86 runs scored—the fewest in CWS history, dating back to 1950. Player safety was cited as a driving force behind the bat change, so reverting to the old bats was off the table. But changing the height of the seams does not affect the exit velocity of the ball off the bat; rather, the “drag effect” of the raised seams takes effect the longer a ball travels through the air.

The raised-seam ball has a seam height of .048 inches, compared to .031 inches for the flat-seamed ball. The flatter-seam height is consistent with the balls used in minor league baseball, but still higher than what is used in the major leagues.

But the NCAA will not simply switch to the minor league ball, which has a livelier core than the college ball (though it is less lively than the big league ball). Keilitz said Friday that 71 percent of respondents in his survey said they want to switch to the livelier pro ball, but Farrell said the D-I Baseball Committee does not have the authority to make that change. The rules committee must approve a change to the core, and it will consider the matter next summer. In the meantime, more study is needed about the impact of any change to the core. Don’t expect any change to the core until the committee has a chance to see how the change to the flat-seamed ball affects the game, starting in 2015.

“There are two factors at play here: one is the seam height, one is the core. Let’s not change two things at one time—one change may be enough to get the game in balance,” said Damani Leech, NCAA managing director of the Division I Baseball Championship. “Exit speed creates another variable, which is safety. So we want to be careful before we head down that path.”

So rather than simply adopting the minor league ball, the NCAA will use a ball with completely new specifications—using the college core but the minor league seams. Rawlings, the NCAA’s official supplier of championship baseballs, will need time to manufacture and distribute new baseballs using the new specifications, which is one reason the change will not go into effect in 2015. The committee also wanted to give teams a chance to get accustomed to the new balls next fall before using them in the spring.

Pitchers will need to adjust to the new seams, which could make it harder for pitchers to spin breaking balls but could lead to more movement on two-seam balls, according to some pitchers we consulted who played in both college and the minor leagues. Leech said the NCAA conducted a “limited study” about how the new seams affect the movement of the ball out of a pitcher’s hand.

“Part of it is getting a prototype of this ball, which isn’t currently on the market—so it was a very small sample, but the survey we got back was surprisingly supportive of the ball from pitchers and catchers,” Leech said.

For the last several weeks, we have asked nearly every coach we’ve spoken with for their feelings about a potential ball change, and nearly all of them supported the switch. The most vocal opponent of the move was Ray Birmingham of New Mexico, which is annually one of the nation’s best offensive teams.

“If you start taking the seams off the ball, to make it like a big league ball—a cue ball—I think it starts trickling down to high school and eliminates some kids,” Birmingham said. “I love this game, and this game’s for everybody, not just for the elite guy with the elite arm. I want that little lefty that throws 82 mph to get some enjoyment out of the game, because he can change speeds and turn over that changeup. If you take those seams off, only special people can do it. I think right now a kid that’s 88 mph can pitch can beat you, and that scares people.”

Of course, one of the best college pitchers of this generation—or any generation—was Michael Roth, a lefty who worked mostly in the low-to-mid-80s at South Carolina. Roth rocketed to the big leagues in his first full pro season this year, and he said he prefers the lower seams of the professional ball.

“Pro balls are way better,” Roth said this summer. “I can’t throw a straight pitch if I wanted to (with the flat-seamed ball).”

The flat-seamed ball also should result in fewer serious blister issues. And using a flat-seamed ball should help prepare pitchers for the next level.

Some coaches had expressed concern that a potential switch to the minor league ball would result in higher costs, but Keilitz said “there is little to no additional cost” to changing the seam height, according to manufacturers.

Most importantly, adopting the new ball should lead to some more home runs and a little more excitement. And 72 percent of coaches surveyed by the ABCA this month think the game needs more excitement, while 69 percent believe it needs more home runs.

“I did have some personal conversations with the coaches in my own league,” said Farrell, the commissioner of the Big West Conference, “thinking if anyone would be opposed to this, it would be coaches out West who traditionally were built with pitching and defense. When I took this to my baseball coaches’ conference meeting in September, there was unanimous support from Big West coaches as well . . . The numbers from the survey mean the coaches are making a strong statement.”

Kudos to college baseball’s power brokers for making a common-sense change that the vast majority of coaches strongly support.
11/9/2013 11:12:47 AM
Topic:
Oregon State fall notebook: Scouting Notes (CBT)

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Dodger Matt wrote:


Yes, Fred, I'm down here already, edge of Tempe and Chandler. And I learned when the Beavs released their schedule that the ASU series would again be in Corvallis in 2014, so I was bummed. But I noticed two things: Oregon State will be in the Valley of Deathly Hellish 110-Degree Temperatures for the first two weekends of the season, playing eight games from Feb 14 to 24. I'm gonna catch a couple of those. Then they play the Cats in Tucson the last weekend in March, so I told my wife we're going for one of those games and spend the day in Arizona's version of Eugene. And, with two kids attending ASU, I won't have any reservations rooting against the "home" team in Tucson.

Bob, if you plan to be here for one of those February games, let me know.


Devil Matt:
I left ya a PM.
F
12/18/2013 5:17:10 PM
Topic:
Not a whole lotta luv for the Pac

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http://www.collegebaseballdaily.com/2013/12/18/2014-ncbwa-preseason-all-americans/
12/20/2013 4:05:34 PM
Topic:
Not a whole lotta luv for the Pac

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Florida Beaver wrote:
That's all right guys. It's not where you are at the beginning of the season, it is where you are at the end. Let us just see where the ncbwa's preseason all-stars end up at the end of the year. Furthermore, while the players listed by the ncbws as all american first teamers may be really good, if they are surrounded by so-so players, then does it really matter?

Less than 2 months until baseball season!!! This is so dam exciting!!!!


FB:
I'm excited that you volunteered to do the comparison of the date in June. Thank you in advance. Look forward to seeing it.

Only 6 weeks till I leave Houston for Scottsdale!!! This is so dam exciting!!!!
F
12/21/2013 6:21:43 PM
Topic:
Not a whole lotta luv for the Pac

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Dodger Matt wrote:
ASU74 wrote:
Only 6 weeks till I leave Houston for Scottsdale!!! This is so dam exciting!!!!


Fred is an honorary Beaver fan. Even spells "dam" right.


The Devil Beaver was recognized as an official Beaver species last year.Read Report
12/30/2013 7:43:43 AM
Topic:
Nate Yeskie Named Top Pitching Coach In '13

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OpihiMan wrote:
Actually, I'm quite the opposite of a Riley hater. The man is an amazing guy...at times I think he is too nice if anything. He probably needs to reshuffle his staff (like get rid of Banker) but I've been a Riley supporter and fan for awhile.

Nate Yeskie is a drunk douche-bag who morally reflects poorly on our athletic program and university. On a baseball note I think he doesn't manage games very well by yanking pitchers 4 batters too late and pulling pitchers before they've even been given a chance.

My hatred for Nate Yeskie (which is my opinion) has my own justification...I don't just hate to hate.


BeaverQuist wrote:
I'm sure the Yeskie haters are also Riley haters.

Every school has their share of fans who love to hate.

Fact is, Yeskie is a fantastic pitching coach and the track record proves it.


OpihiMan:
Please don't hold back or sugarcoat it...tell us what you REALLY think of Nate Yeskie!
12/30/2013 7:48:40 AM
Topic:
2014

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Wishing everyone a safe & happy New Year
BuddiesBong
Rock Band
Party
it will be 2014...right?
2/5/2014 10:24:04 AM
Topic:
ASU74

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....is now residing in the Valley of the Sun!
Cool
2/5/2014 9:25:58 PM
Topic:
ASU74

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OpihiMan wrote:
...and your 1,000th post. Congrats! Are you going to most of the games this year?


Going to the Alumni Game this Saturday & picking out my season seats.
2/7/2014 11:05:30 AM
Topic:
ASU74

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BB
Ck your PM
F
2/12/2014 9:20:51 PM
Topic:
Two weeks!

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Dodger Matt wrote:
Rowdy, I will wait until Pac-12 play. It's good to let things build.

Hey, anybody attending any games in Tempe this weekend? I'll probably see OSU-Nebraska alone Saturday.


I'll be at Packard.Cool
3/9/2014 2:09:27 PM
Topic:
Yogi Berra's wife Carmen dies, RIP

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ASU74
"When ya get to the fork in the road...turn."
3/9/2014 2:11:54 PM
Topic:
Around the Pac

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BB
Did ya ever make it down here, where the Devils Dwell?
F
3/9/2014 8:56:45 PM
Topic:
Around the Pac

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Hopefully by then I should actually be moved in & settled.Cool
3/9/2014 8:58:47 PM
Topic:
Yogi Berra's wife Carmen dies, RIP

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ASU74
Those were the directions Yogi gave to visitors to his home.
3/13/2014 10:04:33 AM
Topic:
Pac-12 picks: Week 5

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Ore 3-0
UCLA 3-0
ASU 3-0
Ariz 3-0
OSU 3-0
XLSU 3-0
XFSU 3-0
Cool

I was going to revise....but what the hell...sink or swim ...I couldn't pick jack sh1t last year.
edited by ASU74 on 3/14/2014
3/14/2014 3:47:33 PM
Topic:
Pac-12 picks: Week 5

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DITTO for me. Sorry for your loss.
3/19/2014 9:55:37 AM
Topic:
Pac-12 picks: Week 5

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Rowdy wrote:
Congrats FB. I cant remember when or if the Washington schools have ever taken home series from the Arizona schools on the same weekend. ASU74 - this might be a long and painful season...lets hope we can get back on track.



Ya think???????
A Cat friend of mine is coming up next week for the mid week AZ challange.....$10.00 wager to the school baseball program for the best of 5 series?
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