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Aaron Fitt -

Rob Fornasiere is the 2008 American Baseball Coaches Association/Baseball America Assistant Coach of the Year because of his passion for the game, for recruiting and for teaching, as well as his dedication to making Minnesota one of the most successful programs in the Midwest year after year. In fact, prior to 2008, Minnesota had posted 45 consecutive winning seasons, the fifth-longest streak in the nation.

College | #2008#Assistant Coach Of The Year#Awards

Schedule Crunch Leads Teams To Playing Fall Games

Aaron Fitt -

More than 80 percent of Division I college baseball coaches support keeping the spring schedule at 56 games, according to a survey conducted by the American Baseball Coaches Association last winter. But don't be surprised if more college baseball heavyweights begin playing 52 games in the spring and four in the fall.

College | #2008#On Campus

Impressive Haul

Aaron Fitt -

Nearly $12 million worth of talent said, "Thanks, but no thanks" to Arizona State this summer. The Sun Devils' heralded signing class lost three first-round picks (Eric Hosmer, Kyle Skipworth and Brett Lawrie), a supplemental first-rounder (Jaff Decker), a second-rounder (Brad Hand) and two late-round draftees who signed for significant bonuses (Jarek Cunningham and Alex Curry). But for all that, no class in the nation can match Arizona State's for sheer quantity of impact talent.

College | #2008#Recruiting

Welcome Back

Brian Chmielewski -Premium Content

Scott Bittle had every intention of coming back to Mississippi in the fall to finish his psychology degree. Only Bittle did not expect to still be a member of the Rebels baseball team when he did.

College | #2008#On Campus

Team USA Top 20 Prospects

Matt Blood -Premium Content

With a 24-0 record, a pair of gold medals and a team ERA of 0.88, it's safe to say USA Baseball's collegiate national team dominated its competition this summer—especially on the mound. While the position player prospects were not on par with previous national teams, the group of pitchers on Team USA was a good representation of the top college arms in the 2009 draft class.

College | #2008#Summer Scene#Team USA

No Minor Feat

Aaron Fitt -Premium Content

Weeks before the USA Baseball collegiate national team finished off its perfect summer, a first-inning pickoff might have been the biggest play of the whole campaign. In the second game of pool play at Haarlem Honkbal Week in the Netherlands, Team USA was up against a Cuban national team that was the same minus one player from its 2004 Olympic gold medal team and its 2006 World Baseball Classic squad. Cuba's Glorbis Duvergel singled against USA lefthander Mike Minor to lead off the game, but Minor stopped Cuba in its tracks and gave the Americans the momentum by picking Duvergel off first.

College | #2008#Summer Scene#Summer Stock

Off The Table

Aaron Fitt -

The Division I Baseball Issues Committee is concerned about the pace of play, but its members know there is little they can do about the pace of academic, scholarship and scheduling reforms. At its July 28 meeting, the Issues Committee debated recommending that the roster cap on scholarship players remain at 30 instead of dropping to 27 as scheduled, and debated supporting a proposal by Conference USA to start the season a week earlier, but in the end the committee decided to let matters run their course.

College | #2008#On Campus

Simply Perfect

Aaron Fitt -Premium Content

When the dust settles, the 2008 USA Baseball collegiate national team might be remembered as the program's best ever. For certain, no national team has ever topped or will ever top Team USA's 1.000 winning percentage.

College | #2008#On Campus

Always Wanting More

Mike Ehrlich -Premium Content

Most people who saw the home run would probably be quick to recall that the three-run blast run proved to be the game-winner. Many more would point out that Kentrail Davis hit the ball so hard that it cleared the 22-foot wall 395 feet away in dead center field, and that he broke his bat in the process.

College | #2008#Summer Scene#Team USA

Coaching Carousel Keeps Spinning

Aaron Fitt -Premium Content

The first dominoes fell when three heavyweights in the Southeastern Conference filled their head coaching vacancies. Mississippi State hired John Cohen away from Kentucky, which in turn elevated assistant Gary Henderson. Auburn followed by hiring John Pawlowski away from College of Charleston, and the coaching carousel was spinning right along.

College | #2008#On Campus

Eight For Omaha 2009

Aaron Fitt -

They're still sweeping up the confetti on the streets of Fresno, but it's time to look ahead to 2009. Plenty can change between now and next June, of course, and these predictions could become obsolete if a few unexpected things happen with the draft. But here's an early look at some of the teams who could make it to the College World Series in 2009.

College | #2008#College World Series#Postseason