Below is an excerpt from a John Davis story that will appear tomorrow in The Oxford Citizen about the process of preparing a bid to host an NCAA baseball regional. If you are a resident of Lafayette County, the Citizen will appear with your regular mail.
In the case of Ole Miss, the baseball bid, a requirement to garner consideration for a host spot, is being handled by Titus Queen, the university’s game operations coordinator. Queen gained valuable experience handling such bids when he was at Florida State the past six years, serving as the second in command for the bidding process for two regionals and three super regionals that were awarded to the Seminoles.
“I got started on the experience here as a participant,” said Queen, who served as the equipment manager to Ole Miss baseball from 2002-2005. “Your role is a little bit different when you’re a manager and a graduate assistant. My first year at Florida State, I was in charge of the baseball field, so I got experience it from that point of view. And then the last four or five years, I actively had a role in putting on a regional, from running the tarp crew to being in charge of the stadium. It built up as I went along.”
The experience gained, at another top-level school historically used to hosting NCAA events in other sports such as soccer, has already paid off for Ole Miss this year. After winning two out of three games over Georgia in the final home series, the Rebels sat atop the Southeastern Conference Western Division standings with 17 wins, a benchmark number when it comes time to determining regional host sites. Another key in deciding regionals revolves around a team’s rating percentage index or RPI. Ole Miss has been in the top 15 all season, a good ranking when it comes time for the NCAA committee to make a final decision on May 25.
Much more in tomorrow’s edition of The Oxford Citizen.