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RE: What If - Baseball?
(05-29-2015 06:37 PM)rabidTU2 Wrote:  NCAA baseball teams that presently share stadium venues with professional teams:

UC Santa Barbara
Missouri State Bears
Duke Blue Devils
Oregon Ducks
San Jose State Spartans
VCU Rams
New Mexico Lobos (Isotopes Field)
Utah Utes

Missouri State's Hammons Park is presently hosting an NCAA regional site

Also, 4 of those teams listed above are in the field of 64: Missouri St, VCU, Oregon and UCSB - thus it appears sharing a venue is not a disadvantage.

Here is a longer list of teams that share baseball stadium venues with pro teams.

Nebraska
West Virginia
Long Beach St
Marshall
Bradley
Arizona
Arizona St
Creighton
Michigan St


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_NCA...ll_venues#
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Congratulations to ECU, Houston, UCF and Tulane who finished in the top 50 in college baseball attendence.

ECU - #30 (2,243)

Tulane - #34 (2,048)

Houston - #39 (1,686)

UCF - #50 (1,337)
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RE: What If - Baseball?
Other top attendence schools' baseball programs we are familiar with.

Wichita St - #19 (3,086)

Rice - #21 (2,870)


Also, the Big12 has 6 schools on the list, they are:

Texas - #6 (5,517)
TCU - #12 (3,817)
T Tech - #13 (3,665)
KSU - #27 (2,630)
Baylor - #29 (2,351)
W Virginia - #38 (1,744)

BTW, neither OU nor OSU was in the top 50.
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RE: What If - Baseball?
These schools are all within 350 miles (or less) of the TU campus and would be potential teams to schedule outside the conference - all are listed as DI in baseball.

OU
OSU
ORU
Arkansas
Wichita St
Missouri
KU
KSU
TCU
Baylor
Missouri St
La Monroe
La Tech
UALR
Central Arkansas
Tx Arlington
Arkansas Pine Bluff
Dallas Baptist
UMKC
Stephen F Austin

The distaance from Tulsa to Omaha (where the CWS is being played) is 375 miles.
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RE: What If - Baseball?
The CWS has been played since 1947, 67 years. Private schools account for 21 of the 67 titles. This year Miami, TCU and defending NC Vanderbilt are in the CWS in Omaha. Southern Cal has won the most titles of the private schools (12). Other privates schools with national titles include Holy Cross, Wake Forest, Miami, Stanford, Pepperdine and Rice.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/College_World_Series

*Also the runnerups are mentioned including ours in 1969 and the MVP award in 1971 for Jerry Tabb.
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Was listening to the Driller game last evening and heard on the radio that the Drillers use a YMCA (I assume one in downtown Tulsa) as an indoor practice facility. With TU building a new IPF within the next year or so, maybe TU could trade some IPF practice time for a good deal on OneOk rental or in place of a stadium fee to help establish a baseball program at TU. The two could very easily work together to make Tulsa a better baseball friendly town.

If TU were ever to reboot the baseball program, there are numerous ways for the two to work together to be successful. Another would/could be sharing a little instruction time from the pro baseball coaching staff on hitting, pitching, fielding etc. That is something a lot of baseball programs couldn't do in places like Stillwater, Norman, Feyetteville etc who don't have access to a pro baseball coaching staff just down the street.

A baseball program at TU may never occur, but is a doable venture if the university were to decide to start one in the future imo. The key is to make it profitable. If a pro baseball team that has to provide salaries to their team can make money, then I'd think a university that doesn't have to fund "salaries" could do the same. IMO
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The drillers don't actually use the Y - the deal was worked out for opposing teams players to use the Y downtown when they are here in Tulsa.
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Thanks. That was just something I'd heard on the broadcast and assumed they used the facility - that I thought was connected to the Y. But the Drillers evidently do not have a place to work out when the weather is "inclement". So if TU could either rentout the IPF when its built or allow the Drillers to use it in the mornings when the students are in class, that would be a win-win imo.

One of the things TU can and should do in the future is rent their new facilities to the community. I think the IPF may be a magnet for a lot of teams - especially teams involved in the FB HS playoffs late in the year when the weather is bad and TU isn't using it for bowl practice. Thats good for recruiting and community support. The more "stuff" you have the better. We could even allow the all state teams to work out a couple of times in the IPF when the games are here as a way of showing off the campus to coaches and players aound the state that never visit the campus.
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RE: What If - Baseball?
Since I used ORU as an example/model for the "mythical" TU baseball schedule, here is that schedule. If you go to the box score and click, it will give the attendance (OU/OSU games) which I also used in the mythical model.

http://www.oruathletics.com/sports/bsb/2013-14/schedule
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RE: What If - Baseball?
(05-30-2015 06:41 PM)rabidTU2 Wrote:  So could TU baseball draw enough fans to justify a good, well attended season against the likes of OU/OSU/ORU etc? Well, a look at ORU's program might give a model.

ORU plays their home games on campus at their 2,400 seat facility. They regularly schedule OU and OSU home and home. I looked up the stats of those two home games and they sold out the OSU game (2,400) and drew about 1,500 for the OU game. I'd have to think a TU vs OU or OSU game would at least draw that many if it were played in downtown Tulsa. BTW, the OU v ORU game in Norman only drew 1,100, so the ORU/OU game in Tulsa outdrew the OU/ORU game in Norman. With the right schedule, I think we'd see consistently good crowds at OneOk especially if the games were in the evening hours.

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