All is quiet on the Nebraska baseball front. Maybe a little too quiet.
Would Bill Moos make his splash hire during the College World Series? You bet your 2005 CWS T-shirt he would.
It would be reminiscent of 2002, when Dave Van Horn took the Arkansas job on June 21, the day before the CWS championship game. Texas won that CWS and there were complaints from some Longhorn types that the Omaha media was paying too much attention to the Van Horn story.
Moos might steal some headlines this week or next, and the timing could be perfect.
Thank you, Michigan.
The Wolverines are coming to their first CWS since 1984, and that’s a good thing. Michigan will spice things up, and there might even be a Jim Harbaugh sighting, if he’s not running a football camp in Europe.
But having Michigan here might help Moos with a sales pitch.
Michigan is the first Big Ten team at the CWS since 2013 (Indiana) and the Wolverines didn’t win the Big Ten regular-season title or tournament title. In fact, they finished third and were one of the last teams in the NCAA tournament.
They were sent to a regional hosted by the defending national champs (Oregon State) and had to win a super regional on the field of the No. 1 overall seed (UCLA).
Their coach, Erik Bakich, played at East Carolina. Bakich got his start in coaching at Clemson and then spent seven years at Vanderbilt, where he was a key recruiter in building the Commodores’ program. In 2009, Bakich became head coach at Maryland.
The point: Bakich is a coach with ACC and SEC roots who chose to come north, play in a 2,800-seat stadium in cold weather and took a team to the CWS.
That might be a timely reminder for Moos to drop in case he’s trying to coax someone from the SEC or the state of Texas, ahem.
Right after he tells that someone that the team he would inherit beat Michigan three out of five times in the month of May.
Enjoy the CWS. And keep one eye on Lincoln.
» I don’t think there’s any question the CWS crowd favorite will be Mike Martin. After Martin’s Florida State Seminoles swept LSU in Baton Rouge on Sunday, LSU fans came up to Martin and said they were rooting for him to win his first national title before he retires after the CWS. Martin jokingly asked one LSU fan to prove it by doing the FSU war chant. The Tiger fan complied.
I wish Martin could bring those LSU fans with him.
» Vanderbilt will be the favorite in a CWS loaded with big bats and offense, but the player most fans want to see isn’t a hitter. It’s Kumar Rocker, who is coming off a no-hitter in the super regionals with 19 strikeouts. Rocker is the son of former Outland Trophy winner Tracy Rocker, who played defensive tackle for Auburn and the Washington Redskins (and now coaches the defensive line for Tennessee).
» Vandy’s first CWS in four years also means the return of the “Vandy whistler,” who draws the ire of surrounding fans by whistling during an entire Vanderbilt game.
According to the Tennessean, there are actually two Vanderbilt whistlers: Jeff Pack, 64, and Preacher Franklin, 72, both Tennessee natives. Pack has been punched by a Mississippi State fan and smacked by a female Mississippi fan. ESPN once threatened to have them removed because their whistling could be heard on TV.
I would expect CWS fans to maintain their usual level of decorum and sportsmanship. That’s right. Ear plugs.
» The new baseball facility at UNO — in tandem with the Mavs’ first NCAA Division I tournament — elevates the program. It will also be a boon to the community. Can it be long before the state baseball tourney is played there and at Werner Park?
» After watching regionals played in modest ballparks at Oregon State and UCLA — two Pac-12 powerhouses — and with the news at UNO, I couldn’t help but ask: Why can’t Creighton have that?
» It’s CWS time in Omaha, but it’s wrestling season in Lincoln. On Saturday, NU will host the Final X wrestling event at the Devaney Center, where wrestlers will compete for spots on the 2019 USA world team.
For area wrestling fans, it’s a chance to see former Husker stars Jordan Burroughs (2012 Olympic champion) and James Green (two-time world medalist) prepare to make a run at the 2020 Olympics.
For tickets, go to www.finalx.tv.
» St. Gerard Athletic Committee’s annual “Nebraska Football Night” is July 8 at St. Gerard Catholic Church. This year’s speakers are Nebraska running backs coach Ryan Held and former Husker Jay Foreman.
» One more and I’m outta here: Dustin Johnson wins the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Come on, I can’t pick Tiger every time.
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Henry Walker of the Aggies beats a throw to first base, which is manned by Charles Eyer in a photo published June 12, 1954.
Blair's Helen Rasmussen displays the CWS trophy in a photo published May 20, 1951.
This photo of Oklahoma State — then Oklahoma A&M — was taken during the 1954 College World Series.
Colorado State's big batters await their game in June 1955. Left to right: Lucas, Petersen, Lee and Hoien.
Cougar coach Buck Bailey and Captain Jerry Martin are greeted by CWS Queen Jody White in a photo published June 8, 1956.
Myers, Reed, Taylor and Sudderth — Texans that banked on pitching experience. This photo was published May 30, 1957.
Notre Dame's Duffy, Hurley, Cusack, Kohorst, Giarrantana, Senecal, Carideo, Johnson, Buinowski prepare for a game against Iowa State in a photo published June 8, 1957.
Coach Frank Sancet congratulates Arizona pitcher Donnie Lee, who brought a 13-0 mark into the 1956 CWS.
Janice Daly, a woman from Western Michigan, met Bob Mason, left, and Dick Sosnowski, in a photo published June 13, 1958.
Arizona State Coach Winkles took a victory ride.
Ringel of Holy Cross gets big welcome after two-run homer in a photo published June 16, 1958.
Arizona's Bob Wilson went high at first base and failed to land in time to catch Bob Andrew, Oklahoma State, in a photo published June 16, 1959.
Arizona pitchers Burdette Morago, left, Bob Encinas, Dave Baldwin, Norm Popkin and Jim Ward on June 12, 1959.
Happy Texas players gather around to greet Kal Segrist after his three-run homer in 1950.
Wixson, left, holds court for Oklahoma City writer Volney Meece, Coach Greene and World-Herald writer Robert Williams. The photo was published June 16, 1960.
A trio of players kneel. From left: Ron Causton, Larry Molsather, North Carolina's Larry Craver, in a photo published June 15, 1960.
Jubilant Arizona mates congratulated Ward (third from right) after he struck out 16 to tie an Omaha record. The photo was published June 11, 1960.
Engstrom, left, and Scott, have differing reactions in a photo published June 21, 1960.
Southern Cal players were caught smiling in 1960. From left: Dick Matern, Larry Himes, Coach Dedeaux.
In a photo published June 6, 1961, five players pose. Martin and Pellagrini stand in back, with, from left, Robinson, Kilroy and Coyle kneeling.
This photo featuring Dedeaux, left, and Hollowell, was published on June 17, 1963. The duo combined for four homers and nine RBIs in the CWS.
Ken Flanagan twisted to score Santa Clara's first run in 1962. Onlookers include catcher Joe Merullo and umpire Lew Weyer in a photo published June 17, 1962.
In a photo published June 16, 1963, Grant Hagwood, left, and Bob Gauna, both Arizonans, play a game.
Minnesota's Dick McCullough, left, and Archie Clark were caught in the rain in 1964.
Ringside seat for rain watching in 1964. From left: Minnesota's Duane Markus, Frank Broseau and Reni Valenciano.
Missouri's Woods, left, and Price peruse some magazines in 1964.
Mississippi's Mattina, left, and Higginbotham warm up with shuffleboard in 1964.
Suzy stands with Ole Miss's Larry Higginbotham, left, and Hancock in 1964.
Teammate and trainer Jack Ward helped Rees to dugout after being hit by a pitch in a photo published June 12, 1964.
Don Moucka, president of the Omaha Suburban Baseball Association, left , and Lloyd Martin, Little League player agent, back, distribute ticket coupons to brothers John and Jim North in 1965.
Schaefer, left, and Penders produced 40 percent of UConn's RBIs in 1965.
Julie Ann Proskocil, a Creighton student, left, and Nan Kristine Isaacson, a UNO student, were voted, respectively, the princess and queen of the 1965 College World Series.
1967 baseball smiles. From left: Janice Simmons, Janice Blauer, Q.V. Lowe and Mr. and Mrs. Scotty Long.
In this photo published June 17, 1967, Houston's dugout is featured.
Queen Michele Marqua "hides" behind 152 discarded baseballs in a photo published June 18, 1967.
CWS Queen Michele Marqua drew the names of the winners in 1967 World-Herald Bat Boy Contest.
The Buckeyes' Rein checked the rain situation before Ohio State's game in June 1966.
Cowboy Ron McCord scored in the eighth inning on pitcher Wally Gross' wild throw to catcher John Zarzocki in 1966.
David Hall of Texas proved a long reach can be helpful in 1968's 7-0 elimination of BYU. He apparently misjudged his dive back to first, but used his hand to regain the base ahead of a throw to Doug Howard.
Southern Cal's Bill Seinsoth dove in from the rear to tag Al Matson just before Redman reached first base. Pitcher Jim Barr tossed ball and applied brakes to avoid a collision after fielding a drag bunt. This photo was published June 14, 1968.
1968 bat girls From left: Michele Martin, Diana Tuel, Linda Svoboda, Christy Gee.
New York University has made two College World Series appearances. In this photo, from NYU's 1969 CWS, Jones, Marino and Coach Geracioti are pictured.
In this photo published June 6, 1969, Longhorns freshman Burt Hooton, a "strikeout wizard," is pictured.
Iowa State's Bob Case, left and Ray Wood, in a photo published June 14, 1970.
Iowa State's Larry Corrigan takes a futile belly slide. Dartmouth's Tim Hannigan kicks the plate on a force play and moves aside as the Cyclone creates a dust storm in the 1970 CWS.
Umpire Gus Steiner makes emphatic "out" signal as Ohio catcher Malcolm Smoot retains the ball while meeting the sliding contact from Longhorn Jack Miller in the 1970 CWS.
Southern Cal Coach Rod Dedeaux leads A cheer after a win in 1970.
A moment of glory for Delaware. Texas batsman David Hall looks on as ump Doug Cossey calls Lou Bagwell out on attempted steal of home as Dave Willard took an accurate throw from second base following a successful first half of a double steal in 1970.
Here's a shot of the 1970 College World Series crowd.
Texas baseball followers have had more ups than downs during the College World Series.
Umpire Bill Stewart listened patiently as Tulsa coach Gene Shell argued in vain on "out" call in 1971.
Out at the plate! Souther California's Frank Alfano tried to stretch a triple into a home run, but was tagged out by Tulsa catcher Mike Pemberton. The umpire pictured is Don Gust in a photo published June 16, 1971.
Umpire Doug Cossey grimaces in the 1972 College World Series heat.
Reggie Tredway jumped, steadied himself on the grandstand railing and made the catch. Harvard rivals look on in grudging admiration in 1971.
Keith Rosnovsky is pictured cheering for the Longhorns in 1972.
Clint Myers scored for Arizona State, who doubled in the second inning and was brought home by Jerry Mentlo's double. Teammate John Sain signaled no need to slide as Trojan catcher Sam Ceci stood by in 1972.
Texas catcher Bill Berryhill, left, threw throw to pitcher Jimmy Brown, who was covering at home. Runner Steve Dillard, of Mississippi, raced home safely after advancing on Brown's wild pitch in 1972.
Southern Cal Coach Rod Dedeaux protests call in 1972.
It must be the seventh inning. This unidentified fan had his picture published on June 11, 1973.
One treat wasn't enough for Denise Williamson in 1973.
Doug Keiser made plenty of noise in the 1973 CWS.
A western hat made Texas Norman Miner easy to spot in a contingent of Longhorn rooters in 1973.
A Georgia Southern quartet relaxed outside Blackstone Hotel in 1973. From left: John Tamargo, Rolando DeArmas, Steve Daniel and Keathel Chaucey.
Mr. and Mrs. George Morse of Calvin, Oklahoma, had their photo published in the June 9, 1974, edition of The World-Herald.
Millke, left, and Southern Cal Coach Rod Dedeaux in 1974.
Sooner bats are ready to boom. From left: Mike Umfleet, Keith Drumright, Kelly Snider, Jack Parish IN 1975.
Catcher Wayne Mears of Florida State grimaced in pain as Seton Hall's Mike O'Connor scored under the eye of umpire Sonny Nole during a second-inning collision in 1975.
Sliding Tom Kober of Seton Hall was forced out at second base in the fourth inning, but forced Longhorn Blair Stouffer's late relay to first base in 1975.
Caught in rundown. Arizona's Al Lopez threw to Glen Wendt, who tagged out Clemson's Robert Bonnette between first and second base in 1976.
The right arm is law. And plate umpire Doug Cossey's gesture told Washington State's Del Sandberg, left, that he's out. Sandberg attempted to score from third on an infield grounder, but ASU catcher Garry Allenson tagged him out.