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Discussion in 'Softball' started by racerx5908, Jun 2, 2018.
Creating a constant thread for all interesting softball news this year.
I'll kick it off with this interesting tweet from CDC
Any timeline......or rumors on new coach?
A guess that nothing will be done until the Women's and Men's World Series are concluded. CDC is busy dealing with people complaining about parking lines for the regionals.
I saw somewhere that the assistant coach for Texas was strongly being considered. Can’t remember his name.
I had high hopes for him when Connie brought him in, but the last two seasons have been disappointing from a hitting perspective.
Of course he's a bit sore losing, especially as the #2 seed. I hope there is fire somewhere in that smoke.
Rumblings or maybe how rumors start:
Racer-What’s your interpretation of Kirk’s Tweets? FSU?
I was guessing FL coach. But as I've asked in various ways, other than a lot, and I mean a lot of money why would he leave? Unless, he thinks that going from a 12 team league to a 7 league team would make his chances of a championship easier? But then, he gets to face Patty every year. Ack.
He signed a 10 year extension with Florida.
Doesn't mean anything. The key would be the buy-out (if any).
Um it definitely means something. And it definitely means he will NOT be the next coach at Texas.
I forgot or didn't know about the 10 year extension. That's a definite "I'm happy where I am" statement. Look East, no further, no even further they said....
Any coach's contract is only as good as the buy-out. Just the way it is.
Sure it might mean Walton isn’t at Florida until 2028. But it DOES mean he’s at Florida next year and hence not the next Longhorn softball coach. Like, I don’t get why that’s a contentious statement.
Not meant to be continuous, but it doesn't mean he will be at Florida next season. If his buy-in isn't overly ridiculous someone like Texas could come in doubling his pay plus paying the buy-out. I would think CdC would be looking ACC way however as the completion risk is lower than for someone from the $EC.
It appears the candy truck is arriving today!
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Looking online, I see the roster list for softball has been updated. It's got an odd label of "Preliminary Fall Softball Roster". I guess this may account for transfers out, if some players and the new coaching staff don't quite gel. Changes since last year:
Paige von Sprecken (sniff)
Erica Wright (sniff)
Janna Roberts (???)
Mckenzie Parker (???)
Jaden Hoelker (last minute Connie offer - https://extrainningsoftball.com/recruiting-jaden-hoelker-commits-texas-shows-seniors-still-shot/)
Shealyn O'Leary (long time commit pitching star Connie snagged years ago)
Macy Smith (Seminole State Juco)
Other than O'Leary, don't know anything about these players. Don't know if some were last minute Mike White invites....don't know if they're leftover from Connie's "recruiting". Obviously, if they're on the online roster, they've enrolled in school. But, no pictures and no biographies, so still pretty green.
Interesting (and nice) that all of those newcomers are on campus. Seems more likely that they were CCs work. But, maybe the timing (2nd summer session) means that MW was able to snag a few extra bodies.
I agree that the title of this roster is odd. Wonder what other changes are in store.
Parker was an originally signed athlete.
This article says that Shea wasn't coming until August 21. (That doesn't mean it's accurate, but...)
Noticed on the Oregon roster, all six of their signed freshmen are on the roster (https://goducks.com/roster.aspx?path=softball&roster=256), which means none of the last OU White/Simpson recruits are coming. Interesting though, one of them is Jasmine Sievers. Chaz Sievers played for the Longhorns during Cat's days and is now an editor at FloSoftball.
Doing some Googling, I see that Janna Roberts is a brain. She graduated Summa Cuum Laude and was/is headed to UT for an Aerospace Engineering degree.
Maybe someone said, "Hey, wanna walk on to UT softball? We'll give you a shot."
With the coaching staff filled out, anyone have a feeling about how the team will do this year and in future recruiting? I don't want to be one of those people who go negative right out of the gate. But, I look at the assistants and wonder if they've got any ties to Texas softball clubs. White himself said he had to get quickly acquainted with the clubs for recruiting. And they get kids to commit by the time they're sophmores!
The fact that most softball stars commit when they're sophomores gives White and his staff at least a benchmark. That's already agreeing to a longterm payoff for recruiting. I'd imagine that he's putting himself on track for that this summer while also trying to identify players (even future transfers) that can fill the gaps. For that, he's going to California most likely.
His hole to work out of, but any coach who can put a non-California PAC-12 team into PAC-12 contention knows a little about the game. JUCO's, transfers or changed commitments are all on the table. However, I do agree any immediate help probably will come from Southern California (the mileage difference between LA and Eugene or Austin is only about 500 miles and the difference between San Diego and Eugene and Austin is only 325 miles). That puts most of Southern California squarely in his sights.
Future player, out of Denver. I looked at her club team - where they posted the schools the team are going to. One gal headed to LSU, all others headed to small schools or JC. She was one of 3 without a listed school, until now.
So Elicia Espinosa will be joining the team this year. Max prep lists her position as 1B/3B. Very unusual for a top recruit to commit this late in the process. Softball Showcase lists her position as 1B 2B 3B SS U and her Strength as Power hitting. First recruit signed by the new Coaching staff. Looks to be somewhat of a reach but you have to start somewhere! Good Luck Elicia and welcome to Longhorn Nation!!
So, some general questions for anyone willing to answer:
1) I didn't realize she would be coming THIS year. So, does she displace one of the 3 previous recruits that were/are coming in this year?
2) Looks like she's a power hitter. Some blurb I read somewhere where she hit 2 grand slams in the same game.
3) Does this imply someone already on the team departing?
Looking at the roster, which still has the strange title "2018 Preliminary Fall Softball Roster"
We see newbies (without their pictures since they're so new) listed:
Macy Smith (Juco)
and.....Elicia Espinosa (not listed yet)?
Racer with a new staff I would not read to much into the "Preliminary Fall" Roster. If they would have left that off and published the spring roster that had nothing in common with the fall roster everyone would be yelling about transparency.
Bekah Alcozer getting some work in! I don't think this is on the Texas campus. Wondering when the team will report to campus. Doesn't school start next week??