The Diane Rehm Show on NPR does a Friday news roundup every week; in Diane’s honor, here’s a mini college baseball version:
• As expected, the NCAA’s Division I legislative council has defeated the Southeastern Conference’s proposal to increase baseball’s scholarship limit from 11.7 to 14. Former Mississippi State athletics director and ex-chair of the Division I Baseball Committee Larry Templeton said at the 2008 College World Series that the proposal was merely intended to start a discussion about scholarships. The legislative council also deferred until April decisions on proposals to add a week to the baseball season and reduce the number of games from 56 to 52.
• The NCAA has agreed to move the start of the 2012 College World Series up by one day to help the city of Omaha land the Olympic swimming trials that year. Omaha hosted the 2008 Olympic swimming trials at the Qwest Center to rave reviews, and USA Swimming officials told the Associated Press they would strongly consider returning in 2012. The CWS was moved up a day to avoid any overlap: the latest the CWS will now end is June 26, one day before the start of the swimming trials. The start of the World Series was moved from Friday to Saturday in 2008, but it will begin on Friday in 2012 only.
• Freshman first baseman/outfielder Johnny Coy, an unsigned seventh-round pick of the Phillies in June, has transferred from Arizona State to Wichita State. The 6-foot-7 Coy is a gifted athlete who will also play forward for the Shockers’ basketball team–he is taking a redshirt this season. Coy, a native of St. Joseph, Mo., was part of Arizona State’s deep, No. 1-ranked recruiting class last fall.
"We are extremely excited about the addition of Johnny Coy to our program,” Wichita State coach Gene Stephenson said in a release. “We look forward to the opportunity to work with him and help him to become a player who can contribute to the positive way of our program."
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