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Since it is college baseball season, that is where we will start today. Less than one week ago, the 16 regional host sites were announced. Although some of the traditional powers were given the right to host, some were also left out. The 16 baseball teams that were awarded the regionals were as follows: Miami(FL), Florida State, Stanford, South Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Georgia, East Carolina, Cal State-Fullerton, Clemson, Nebraska, Rice, Southern Cal, Tennessee, LSU, and Tulane. The SEC lead the way with four schools earning the right to host. The state of California was awarded three sites, while Florida and Louisiana were each awarded two regional host sites.
Over the past few years, the NCAA has steered away from the traditional money-making sites and has tried to spread the wealth across the country. They have done this by giving regional sites to teams in the northern half of the U.S. that have not been a consistent contender in college baseball over the past few decades. Such teams as Ohio State, Rutgers, Nebraska, and Notre Dame have been the recipient of this gift from the NCAA. Such teams as Mississippi State, who sets an attendance record each and every time they host, and the University of Texas have been the recipients of the NCAA's decision to spread college baseball northward. Two years ago, the Bulldogs were sent north to Ohio State, where the crowds were around the 1,000 mark on average. In the regional MSU hosted in 2000, the largest crowd was around the 10,000 mark, and total attendance for the 3-day tournament, which included Notre Dame, South Alabama, and Tulane with MSU, was just under 50,000, a 4-team regional record. The Bulldogs, after defeating Notre Dame to win the regional, were promptly shipped to Clemson.
Decisions like these are what makes the NCAA such an interesting group of people. One day they're money hungry, and the next they're looking to be the nice, sharing guy. The great baseball that can be seen around the country, especially in the south, along with the NCAA's persistent but sometimes odd decisions and rulings, are what will continue to make college baseball extrememly interesting for many years to come.
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