Ohio State picked to win Big Ten by media

Big Ten writers expect Ohio State to repeat as champions in the Big Ten, and expect Michigan and Michigan State to be in a close race behind the Buckeyes in the conference's East Division.
The Buckeyes were picked to win the 2018 Big Ten title in a preseason poll conducted by Cleveland.com and released on Friday morning.
Ohio State received 191.5 points and 23.5 first-place votes in the division. The next three spots were decided by just 1.5 points: Michigan State was picked second in the division, with 142 points and two first-place votes. Penn State was third with 141.5 points and Michigan was fourth with 140.5 points.
The annual Cleveland.com poll, which included 28 writers who cover the conference, serves as the conference's unofficial preseason poll. The Big Ten does not conduct an official preseason poll.
In the West division, all 28 writers picked Wisconsin to win the division title, then Iowa in second place and Northwestern in third.
Fourteen writers picked Ohio State to win the Big Ten title game, while 13 picked Wisconsin. Michigan State received one vote to win the Big Ten title game.
The poll also included preseason players of the year for both offense and defense. Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa was picked on the defensive side, and Michigan defensive lineman Rashan Gary finished second in the voting. Michigan State linebacker Joe Bachie finished fourth, while Michigan defensive end Chase Winovich finished seventh and linebacker Khaleke Hudson finished eighth.
Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley was picked as the conference's offensive player of the year. Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke finished fourth in that voting, while Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson finished seventh.
2018 Big Ten Preseason Poll
1. Ohio State, 191.5 points (23.5)
2. Michigan State, 142 points (2)
3. Penn State, 141.5 points (1)
4. Michigan, 140.5 points (1.5)
5. Maryland, 75.5 points
6. Indiana, 60 points
7. Rutgers, 33 points

1. Wisconsin, 196 points (28)
2. Iowa, 155 points
3. Northwestern, 138 points
4. Nebraska, 104 points
5. Purdue, 98.5 points
6. Minnesota, 64.5 points
7. Illinois, 28 points

Ohio State over Wisconsin (14)
Wisconsin over Ohio State (9)
Wisconsin over Michigan (2)
Wisconsin over Penn State (1)
Wisconsin over Michigan State (1)
Michigan State over Wisconsin (1)

1. Nick Bosa, Ohio State DE, 74 points, (20)
2. Rashan Gary, Michigan DE, 38 points, (6)
3. T.J. Edwards, Wisconsin LB, 24 points
4. Devin Bush, Michigan LB, 14 points (1)
5. Paddy Fisher, Northwestern LB, 8 points (1)
6. Joe Bachie, Michigan State LB, 5 points
7. Chase Winovich, Michigan DE, 2 points
8. D'Cota Dixon, Wisconsin S, 1 point
8. Olive Sagapolu, Wisconsin DT, 1 points
8. Khaleke Hudson, Michigan LB, 1 point

1. Trace McSorley, Penn State QB, 66 points, (14)
2. Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin RB, 61 points, (11)
3. JK Dobbins, Ohio State RB, 28 points, (2)
4. Brian Lewerke, Michigan State QB, 7 points, (1)
5. Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State QB, 3 points
6. Noah Fant, Iowa TE, 2 points
7. Shea Patterson, Michigan QB, 1 point

July 20, 2018

Alabama is overwhelming media choice to win SEC championship

Reigning national champion Alabama has been picked to win the Southeastern Conference championship in a preseason media poll.
Alabama was selected by 193 of the 284 voters this week at SEC media days. Georgia, last year's SEC champion which lost to Alabama in the national championship game, was second with 69 votes.
Auburn received 14 votes. South Carolina, the choice of four voters, and Florida, with two, were the only other teams named on more than one ballot.
The predicted order of finish in the SEC West was Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, LSU, Mississippi and Arkansas.
Georgia was picked first in the East, followed by South Carolina, Florida, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
Alabama had seven first-team picks on the media's preseason all-SEC team.
July 20, 2018

Illinois OL Larry Boyd suspended indefinitely

Sophomore offensive tackle Larry Boyd, who started nine games last season, is suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules. Boyd is still on the team and going through team workouts. He could face a long suspension and remain on the team, though the length of the suspension is uncertain. An Illinois spokesman said the team won't be confirming or commenting on any of these reports. Last season, Boyd was named BTN All-Freshman Team honorable mention. But the 6-foot-6, 310-pound lineman was benched for two of the last three games. During spring practice, Boyd repped mostly with the second string as redshirt sophomore Jake Cerny played with the first string.
July 18, 2018

Pierce named Baseball America College Coach of the Year

After guiding the Longhorns back to the NCAA College World Series for the first time since 2014, Texas Baseball head coach David Pierce has been named Baseball America's 2018 College Coach of the Year. Pierce, who just completed his second season at the helm of the program, steered Texas to a 42-23 record on the year. With a sweep of TCU on the final series of the season, Texas won the Big 12 Conference championship for the first time since 2011 and afterward, he was named Big 12 Coach of the Year. After going 3-0 in the Austin Regional, the Longhorns hosted Tennessee Tech in the NCAA Super Regional and took the series 2-1 over the Eagles to send Texas back to the NCAA College World Series for a record 36th time. The trip to Omaha was the first for Pierce and his staff and the BA College Coach of the Year honor is also the first such honor for Pierce in his eight seasons as a head coach.
July 10, 2018

Alabama dismisses linebacker VanDarius Cowan from team

Alabama has dismissed linebacker VanDarius Cowan from the team for violating unspecified team rules. Coach Nick Saban announced the decision Monday in a statement, saying "each of us has a responsibility to represent the University of Alabama in a first-class way, and failure to meet those standards can't be tolerated." Saban says Cowan violated team rules, but did not specify what rules. Cowan played in seven games last season as a freshman. He made two tackles, both coming against Mercer. Cowan was rated a five-star prospect out of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, by Scout.com.
July 9, 2018

Pat Casey Recognized Nationally By ABCA

Oregon State head coach Pat Casey has been named the National Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). The ABCA award is voted on by members of association. It's the third time Casey has been honored by the ABCA, following recognition in 2006 and 2007. Casey guided the Beavers to the program's third national championship last week, and with a 5-0 victory over Arkansas, won his 900th game at Oregon State. The Beavers became just the second team in NCAA history to win six elimination games en route to the title.
July 3, 2018

Pat Casey named Coach of the Year by Collegiate Baseball

Oregon State Head Coach Pat Casey is Collegiate Baseball's 2018 National Coach of The Year. Casey led the Beavers to OSU's third national championship in baseball last week with a 5-0 win over Arkansas and in the process celebrated his 900th win at Oregon State in 24 seasons. ...more

July 2, 2018

Andrew Vaughn named 2018 Golden Spikes Award winner

California slugger Andrew Vaughn has been named the 2018 Golden Spikes Award winner. Presented in partnership with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation, the Golden Spikes Award honors the top amateur baseball player in the United States based on their athletic ability, sportsmanship, character and overall contribution to the sport.
June 28, 2018

Miami introduces DiMare as baseball head coach

University of Miami Director of Athletics Blake James officially introduced Gino DiMare as the 10th head baseball coach in program history Tuesday in a special ceremony at the Newman Alumni Center on campus. Current and former Hurricanes baseball players, invited guests, Miami Hurricanes staff and Canes fans made up a crowd of more than 200 people in attendance for DiMare's introductory luncheon and press conference. "There was no question at any point that he was the right person to grab the baton from Coach [Jim] Morris and carry on this program," James said of DiMare. "I am excited to continue to support him and his efforts with our baseball team and there isn't a better person to be leading us." DiMare has more than 20 years of experience with the Hurricanes baseball program, having played for College Baseball Hall of Fame coach Ron Fraser from 1989-92 and having served as an assistant on Jim Morris' staff for 19 seasons -- including the 1999 and 2001 national championship teams. Since 2011, DiMare has served as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator in addition to his duties working with Miami's hitters and outfielders. "I've been here a long time," DiMare said. "This is my 20th year as a coach here and now to be the head coach here, after playing for Coach Fraser and working with Coach Morris for so many years, it's a little strange. But, to tell you the truth, I'm very excited." As recruiting coordinator, DiMare helped recruit and coach Major League Baseball players such as Yonder Alonso, Ryan Braun, Jon Jay, Gaby Sanchez, Danny Valencia and Jemile Weeks. Since DiMare joined the Hurricanes staff in 1997, 138 Hurricanes have been selected in the MLB Draft and 24 have reached the Major Leagues. Players coached by DiMare have combined to make 11 MLB All-Star teams, win one National League MVP Award, one National League Rookie of the Year Award and won five World Series titles. DiMare's offensive teams also proved to be some of the best in the history of the Hurricanes program. Nine of the top-10 team batting averages in program history are from teams with DiMare on the coaching staff. Miami has had multiple national and ACC award winners that thrived under DiMare's tutelage, including 1998 Golden Spikes Award winner Pat Burrell, 2016 Johnny Bench Award winner Zack Collins and Braun, who was the 2005 ACC Player of the Year. DiMare has long been associated with the Miami baseball program. First, he was a fan as a kid growing up in South Florida. Then, DiMare was a player for the Hurricanes following a stellar career at Miami Westminster Christian. He was a standout outfielder for the Canes from 1989-92, with a career batting average of .290. DiMare currently ranks among UM's leaders in career games played (243), career stolen bases (93) and total sacrifices (36). In 1991, DiMare led the Hurricanes with a .353 batting average. "It probably starts back growing up here in Miami and coming to the games here and being a fan of the Canes and getting a chance to play here," DiMare said of his path to head coach. "Coach Fraser gave me the chance to play here many years ago and I know Coach Morris, for many years, said he liked to hire Miami guys. I can only think if I didn't make the decision to come here where I'd be right now. A lot of things have taken place going back to when I made that decision at 18 years old that got me to where I am now." Following his career in Coral Gables, he was signed as a free agent by the Boston Red Sox. He played the 1992-93 seasons in the Red Sox minor league system in Winter Haven and Ft. Lauderdale. Upon returning to Miami, DiMare spent the 1996 season as an assistant coach at Westminster, which went on to win a high school national championship.DiMare then returned to UM in 1997 and was a volunteer coach for three seasons in charge of outfielders and base running. DiMare currently resides in Miami with his wife Denise and four daughters: Nicolette, Gianna, Giselle and Gina.
June 19, 2018

One more season for Noles baseball coach Martin

Florida State has announced that Mike Martin will retire as baseball coach at the end of the 2019 season. Martin, who has led the Seminoles since 1980, became college baseball's wins leader in May. He has a 1,987-713-4 record and .736 win percentage. Florida State has reached the NCAA Tournament and won at least 40 games in all 39 seasons he has managed. The Seminoles were 43-19 this season and were eliminated in the Tallahassee Regional. Florida State has accomplished everything under Martin except win a national championship. His teams have made 16 trips to the College World Series - including last year - but have only reached the finals twice (1986 and '99). Athletics Director Stan Wilcox said in a statement that the school will wait until the conclusion of next season to conduct a national search.
June 18, 2018

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