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RPI Likely To Remain Unchanged

Aaron Fitt -Premium Content

A year after tensions over scholarship changes simmered in Philadelphia, the Division I business meeting at the 2009 American Baseball Coaches Association convention was just about a non-event. As detailed on the Baseball America College Blog, coaches from 164 D-I schools met in November for a two-day summit that addressed most of the sport's biggest issues—from scholarships to the 13-week schedule to pace of play to the recruiting calendar. As a result, the ABCA meeting was little more than a recap of the November meeting.

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Headed To Trial

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Andy Oliver, the Oklahoma State ace lefthander who was declared ineligible on the eve of the Cowboys' regional opener in May, is close to a resolution in his battle with the NCAA. Barring an unexpected settlement, Oliver's lawsuit against the NCAA will go to trial in an Erie County, Ohio, court on Jan. 5.

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Schedule Crunch Leads Teams To Playing Fall Games

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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.

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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.

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Off The Table

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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.

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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.

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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.

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On The Map

Kirk Kenney -Premium Content

Brian Matusz and Josh Romanski were expected to help turn around San Diego's program. They've lived up to the hype. It's been quite an experience for the pair, who have played themselves into prominence. Matusz is one of the top candidates for the national Player of the Year award and No. 1 overall pick in the draft. Romanski is arguably the top two-way player in the country.

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Mr. Intensity

Aaron Fitt -Premium Content

When it comes to being tough, Chuck Norris has nothing on Conor Gillaspie, the reigning Cape Cod League MVP, preseason All-American and Wichita State's top player. As Gillaspie is quick to point out, growing up in the upper Midwest isn't like growing up in a warm-weather baseball hotbed down South or on one of the coasts. Before he became a standout third baseman for Wichita State, Gillaspie starred for Omaha's Millard North High, which went 35-0 his senior year and won the Nebraska state championship.

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Rebels With A Cause

Aaron Fitt -Premium Content

Lance Lynn and Cody Satterwhite have been inseparable since the day they set foot at Mississippi in 2005. Now the preseason All-America righthanders want to carry the Rebels to the College World Series.

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Scouts Question Texas Duo

Aaron Fitt -Premium Content

Jordan Danks and Kyle Russell haven't carried Texas' offense as expected, with both falling short in terms of home runs this year. The result: The Longhorns haven't been as good as expected, and neither preseason first-team All-America outfielder seems likely to be drafted in the first round.

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