Nov. 8, 2012
CBI Blog: Brown heading to
Vandy as pitching coach
By Sean Ryan
Several sources confirmed to CBI Thursday that
St. John’s pitching coach Scott Brown is taking over as pitching
coach at Vanderbilt. He will replace Derek Johnson, who left
college baseball to become the minor league pitching coordinator
for the Chicago Cubs. Brown has spent nine seasons with the Red
Storm, including helping St. John’s reach the NCAA tournament
for the past three seasons.
CBI Blog: Charleston/CAA?
By Sean Ryan
Reports out of South Carolina
indicate College of Charleston is expected to announce a
move from the Southern Conference to the Colonial Athletic
Association. Earlier in the week,
Davidson announced it will remain in the SoCon.
What does it mean for the Cougars in baseball?
For starters, Charleston would be dropping a
level or two. Last year, the SoCon ranked seventh in RPI,
compared to the CAA at No. 18, according to BoydsWorld.com.
Initially, the Cougars should thrive after a move to the CAA.
Former coach John Pawlowski (now at Auburn) built the Charleston
program into one of the best mid-major programs in the country,
and Cougars alum Monte Lee has averaged 39 wins and made two
NCAA trips in his four years.
In short, Charleston has a chance to be like
Coastal Carolina: the class of a one-bid league.
The trick, however, will be down the road a few
years. The Cougars would be leaving a multiple-bid league to the
NCAA tourney for what has been a one-bid league. And unlike
Coastal Carolina, the CAA’s footprint extends into the
Northeast, which could be a tougher sell for some recruits.
Rather than playing predominantly in the Southeast, Charleston
would be looking at traveling north for each of its conference
road trips (Georgia State has announced it is leaving the CAA).
If the move to the CAA takes place, expect
Charleston to continue to play an aggressive nonconference
schedule, which not only would give the Cougars the chance to
excel in the conference, but also put itself in position for