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The Morning Stake: Baseball Loses Game 1; Spring Sport Updates; Smith Heads New Minority Coaches Group

In this Morning’s Stake, the baseball team loses to TCU, but a valiant effort from Ryan Moseley, a complete spring sport update and Tubby Smith heads up a new minority coaching group.

Baseball Loses Game 1 to TCU. The baseball team lost 8-0, but the score was much closer than indicated. Ryan Moseley pitched wonderfully for 8 innings, but the offense couldn’t get going. I’ve updated the preview and open thread with a more complete recap.

Spring Sport Updates. I’ll try to keep up here (this is always the toughest part of the year to keep up with everything):

Texas Hires Smart; Smart and Smith to Collaborate. It appeared that things were headed this way yesterday as the Longhorns have hired VCU’s Shaka Smart. This looks like a home run hire for the Longhorns and I absolutely love shat Smart did at VCU.

In other news with Smart, he and Tubby Smith along with other minority coaches have created a new group of minority coaches to address the shrinking number of minority coaches, the National Association for Coaching Equity and Development. There was a prior organization, the Black Coaches Association, that was taken in by the NCAA and then the funding eventually just went away because it became something else. This new group will remain private rather than be part of the NCAA and the way the article reads, the NCAA faded the BCA and this group became the Advocates for Athletic Equity. Tubby Smith said that it’s important to keep it separate from the NCAA:

Members of the coaches’ group will pay dues and seek corporate dollars for support, while maintaining autonomy from the NCAA, an important element for Smith and the organization’s founders. It bills itself as an organization for coaches and led by coaches, and hopes to avoid the clutter that came when the BCA started to be helmed by college administrators later in its run.

“I think you have to have a separate entity that’s not taking money from the NCAA and they’re influencing you,” Smith said.

Joseph Lefft, general counsel for the group, said the goal is to one day reach 1,000 members, including coaches from high school and AAU, and have three separate councils for men’s and women’s basketball and football.


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