Assorted Mid-American-Conference sports news from the day:
φ Scott Stricklin is about to become Georgia's baseball coach — The official announcement is all we're waiting on, because reports seem confident in this. The man who led Kent State to the College World Series is jumping right to the SEC. The Bulldogs finished this past season 21-32, missing the SEC Tournament. So, despite Kent State's best efforts to keep him around last year, Georgia can probably afford more than that.
First they came for our football coaches, because they always do. Then they took our top women's basketball (Curt Miller) and soccer (Caleb Porter) coaches. Stricklin certainly made a case as the top MAC baseball coach, and despite a disappointing showing in the MAC tournament, he can certainly replenish Georgia's program into a good one.
φ More on Stricklin and his replacement — Baseball America is already throwin' names out there on his potential replacement. Does pitching coach Mike Birkbeck want it, or will he follow Stricklin to UGA? Or neither?
φ The football season previews continue — Paul Myerberg of USA Today has reached Nos. 103 and 102 on his list, which are Miami and Central Michigan, respectively. The tl;dr takeaway I got from both was that hopefully they both improve but neither probably will.
φ Zeke Marshall is working out with NBA teams — After a workout with the Mavericks last Thursday, the former Akron center is going to be with Detroit today, then seven more teams scheduled this month. Chris Evans is also going to work out with Sacramento today.
φ Jeremy Shay named to the Louisvlile All-Regional team — Going 3-for-8 with a home run was enough out of the Falcons slugger, but being named the top first baseman out of that regional is probably more than he and his team was dreaming for entering the NCAA tournament. Pretty sweet consolation prize.
φ Ball State has smart golfers — They didn't fare well at the NCAA championships, but four of the seven Academic All-MAC men's golfers hailed from the Cardinals. Be the ball? More like A-plus the ball!