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What to expect going forward from SEC baseball

Published 9:46am Friday, May 24, 2013

Note to the readers: this will not be about college football (more directly, about Alabama or Auburn football), NASCAR or anything remotely associated with either sport.
I will not bloviate about bass fishing or coon hunting either.
No, this column will be all about baseball.
So if you are not a baseball fan, I permit you to stop reading now and go find another source of educational enlightenment.
I did not say I would not talk about Auburn or Alabama baseball.
Even though it pains me to discuss either of these two baseball programs, I must find a way to cater to the masses.
Speaking of masses, I heard that people were disguised as seats for the Tide-Tigers matchup.
A sparse crowd of 7,241 diehard fans made their way into the Hoover Met, which, by the way, turned out to be the smallest crowd ever for a meeting between these two baseball teams during the SEC tournament.
As expected, Alabama outlasted Auburn 6-3. Mississippi, Mississippi State and Texas A&M were also winners on day one.
The losers on day one were Florida, Kentucky and Missouri. No surprises there.
Alabama played LSU (48-8, 23-7 SEC) on Wednesday, while Auburn has mercifully been eliminated from the tournament and their season is over.
The Tigers will wait until next Monday to see if they get a bid for the NCAA tournament.
There are at least 20 other programs across the country more deserving of a bid, and I would hope that the NCAA selection committee chooses a more worthy program and not a team that finished 13-17 in conference play.
There are rumors swirling around that Auburn head baseball coach John Pawlowski will be let go if the Tigers do not make it into the NCAA tournament. Pawlowski is in his fifth year as the Tigers head coach.
Time to “Tell it like it is” and give you my take on the rumor. After reviewing the past situations surrounding the entire Auburn athletic department, how about doing something novel and firing the athletic director?
Just about every athletic program at Auburn has slipped into a dark hole with no end to the free fall in sight.
Jay Jacobs has allowed sports such as football, basketball and baseball to become mediocre and his hires of head coaches are for the most part, reaches at best.
I am not saying Coach Pawlowski should be let go, but I am saying that when you lead from behind, such as Jacobs does, you are never going to be taken seriously.
My pick to win the tournament is Vanderbilt (48-7, 26-3 SEC).
The Commodores hosted the Aggies in the late game Wednesday evening.
As I predicted, four of the top five teams in the nation at the end of the regular season would be Vanderbilt, Cal State Fullerton, LSU, and Oregon State.
The fifth spot goes to Virginia from the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Cavaliers finished strong with an overall record of 45-9.
Along with Virginia, the Atlantic Coast Conference is sitting pretty at No. 6 North Carolina, No. 7 Florida State and No. 10 North Carolina State. The ACC tournament began yesterday.
Other than Vanderbilt and LSU, I see no other teams from the SEC making a strong run at the NCAA national championship.
South Carolina, Arkansas and Mississippi State should get a bid, and Mississippi and Alabama need a strong showing in the SEC tournament to perhaps secure bids.
When comparing baseball to football, Yogi Berra said, “It ain’t like football. You can’t make up no trick plays.”
Until next time…
Meyers is a sports columnist for The Outlook. You can follow him on Twitter at @brucemeyers11.