Bianco Q-and-A

I visited with Ole Miss baseball coach Mike Bianco Wednesday for a season wrap-up Q-and-A that will appear in the Daily Journal.

Bianco was scheduled to meet with athletics director Ross Bjork Thursday to discuss the program and his contract, which presently has just one year remaining.

Here’s Bianco on a couple of topics. Much more to come in the Journal:

 

One of the Rebels’ strengths this year …

I thought we pitched much better this year than we did last year.

 

On the Rebels’ inconsistency …

There were times when the offense failed us, times when the defense failed us, times when the bullpen failed us. At times it was like ‘Which one of the ugly heads is going to rear itself today?’

 

On what might have been in the SEC …

We lost seven games in conference. In six of them we had the lead in the bullpen. If we were able to hold just a couple of those, one-third of those, now you’re 17-13. If you win half of them you’re 18-12 with the same amount of runs.

We got to the point where we kind of lost our identity on the mound, and that was tough.

 

On the ‘Lottery States’ and recruiting …

It’s one of those things that people don’t talk about a lot, but it’s true. When you only have 11.7 scholarships, but another school in another state can have 10 or 15 guys on some type of aid other than athletic aid, other than that 11.7, it helps them recruit more players to their program. It’s a huge advantage.

 

On the level of support from the fan base …

When you talk about the fan base, nobody’s happy when the season’s over and you lose your final game in a regional or super regional. Fans want us to succeed and do more, but when I look at the fan base as a whole we set a season ticket record this year. For the seventh year in a row, we’ll be ranked in the top five in the country in attendance in the town of Oxford that’s got about 17,000 people. If you look at the rest of the teams around us, they’re in much bigger cities.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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