Links O’ War | Danny Mourning
TCU Baseball takes the field in one of the last times to see Globe Life before it closes.
This is going to be fascinating to watch.
The Frogs have a couple teams on their schedule going forward that could be reaping the benefits of this rule change.
Asked if the new law could affect those home-and-home series, Donati said: “Potentially.
“Naturally we would not want any of our teams competing with other schools who have artificial and unfair competitive advantages built into their laws that only apply to them.”
Newsom posted on Twitter this message about signing the bill, which has been endorsed by several superstar athletes such as LeBron James:
“We will consider next steps in California while our members move forward with ongoing efforts to make adjustments to NCAA name, image and likeness rules that are both realistic in modern society and tied to higher education,” the NCAA said in a statement. “As more states consider their own specific legislation related to this topic, it is clear that a patchwork of different laws from different states will make unattainable the goal of providing a fair and level playing field for 1,100 campuses and nearly half a million student-athletes nationwide.”
Do GP and Miles have beef? I sure hope so.
“It was a run play,” Patterson said. “We did everything we could to run the football in the second half. I was actually the one who said quarterback keeper because nobody was watching the quarterback. They hadn’t played the quarterback for the last five stretches. It wasn’t being anything more than call a play. It was still a run play.
“You guys know how I am. I took knees the last time we played here. I’m not one of those guys. I’m not one of those guys that runs it up. I’m not one of those guys.”
Patterson and Miles had what appeared to be a cordial postgame handshake afterward, and each spoke well of each other leading into the game.
Max is as steady as they go, but will he keep getting snaps?
“I made him a captain,” Patterson said. “He’s been a captain all of our games. He’s going to keep being a captain whether he’s a starter or not. He’s the reason why I think we’ve progressed because he’s handled it. He’s a Coach [Bill] Snyder type guy. He’s a team guy. He was a captain for them, he’s a captain for me.
“He’s been unbelievable. He’s been supportive. Even through the last two ballgames, he’s been all the above.”
TCU’s players have taken note of that too.
“He’s handled it well, like a mature man,” said Thomas, the junior wide receiver. “He still keeps everybody up. He still helps Max with anything he can help him with. I haven’t seen a shift in his body language or anything like that.
It’s a prove it year for Bane, and I would bet the house he does just that.
For starters, his usefulness as a non ball-dominant guard with size, production, and three-point shooting will ultimately get him on draft boards. Last season, Bane posted averages of 15.2 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 2.4 APG with shooting splits of 50.2/42.5/86.7, which should make him an elite prospect by basically any traditional measure.
Taking it a step further, Bane’s advanced numbers make him even more unique. He’s one of only five players since 2010 with box plus/minus of eight or higher, three-point percentage of 42 or higher, usage percentage of 20 or lower, and at least 1,300 minutes played. The other four are Jon Diebler, Pat Connaughton (Milwaukee Bucks), Demetrius Jackson (Philadelphia 76ers), and Gourgi Dieng (Minnesota Timberwolves). Of the five, Bane was easily the most prolific scorer, best perimeter defender, and least turnover prone.
Tonight’s game at Globe Life will be special.
This fall is even more exciting for the TCU players. The team has an exhibition game against the Texas Rangers’ instructional squad on Tuesday at Globe Life Park. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. with admission and parking free for fans.
“That’s a huge experience,” senior right-hander Charles King said. “We’re facing guys who have been playing consistently. We’re going to get great looks against guys who are fresh out of college, maybe guys who have been playing in the system a little bit longer. And also good for hitters who will be facing pitchers who have been pitching for the last five, six months.
“We’ll see where we’re at as a team and how we need to improve.”
“I think it’s a great opportunity for Owen and I couldn’t be happier for him,” Hoover head coach Bryan Ashby said. “He’s a hard worker and I know he’ll keep working to achieve his goals.”
Ashby brought Blackledge up to the varsity about eight games into last season after what Ashby described as an injury rehab assignment. Blackledge worked his way to be Hoover’s starting first baseman and hit in the fifth hole as a sophomore. He batted .286 with eight RBIs and four stolen bases in 18 games as Hoover advanced to a district final.
Blackledge, who bats left and throws right, did not pitch any varsity innings this past season but is expected to be on the mound as a junior.