Ole Miss had two signees drafted last night, LHP Foster Griffin with the 28th pick to the Royals and infielder Ti’Quon Forbes with the 59 pick to the Rangers.
More signees and current players are expected to be drafted today.
One of the keys to postseason success is to find guys on the bench to elevate their play with contributions at a higher level than they showed in the regular season.
That usually shows up pitchers, but for Ole Miss against Washington it was freshman Colby Bortles at the plate as he continued a hot streak that began the last week of the regular season.
Bortles is hitting 6-for-12 with 10 RBIs since the Arkansas State game that preceded the final SEC regular season series at Texas A&M.
I heard more than once last week about the poor working conditions for media covering the Lafayette Regional. MSU beat writers represented the largest group of traveling writers. Some of them vented their frustration, and comments from one have led to an apology. This is from the Lafayette Daily Advertiser.
Basically, when I leave the SEC I set the bar low for expectations regarding working conditions. Obviously there are physical limitations with smaller stadiums, space, etc.
However, what every school can do regardless of size is try to find a workable solution to its limitations for an NCAA championship event. As an Ole Miss media group, we’ve been told that seats are being added. Maybe that’s a result of what happened here for the regional.
I will point out that basic working conditions include more than a seat. Apparently, there were also issues with the availability of internet access for the regional.
When I was learning this trade at the Ouachita Citizen in West Monroe, La., in the mid-1980s Tom Morris, our editor, gave out plenty of advice, much of it useful. Through the years I’ve remembered how he would always say that readers don’t care about my experience. They don’t care whether I had a bad seat or no seat or if the food was cold or absent.
I’ve refrained from writing about media working conditions through the years, but sometimes they become a story in themselves.
Regardless of what the conditions are we’ll have the Rebels and the Cajuns online and in print.
I arrived in Lafayette Thursday evening. After Kory Keys and I produced this mornings “Ole Miss Beat” program for Rebel Sports Radio there was enough sunlight left to start off on a self-guided bike tour of the campus. I’m a Louisiana native and a product of a directional school, but it’s been so long since I’ve been on this campus that ULL might have been Southwestern Louisiana back then.
Anyway, I like to familiarize myself with my surroundings on any road trip. The remaining light faded quickly, and it was dark when I was able to walk through Tigue Moore Field.
The issue that will require adjustment for Ole Miss players won’t be media working conditions but the artificial turf. They’ll experience it for the first time with a work out later this afternoon.
Also in the afternoon we’ll have video of today’s interview sessions.