First, our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Moore, Okla., as they deal with the aftermath of yesterday afternoon's terrible storms, especially the parents who have lost or are missing young children from the schools hit by the tornadoes. Our baseball team was en route to its hotel in OKC in advance of the Big 12 Championship during the storm, and we were relieved to learn that they arrived safely. I also traded text messages late last night with Oklahoma AD Joe Castiglione and then our Big 12 ADs visited by phone this morning with conference officials and the Oklahoma City All-Sports Association regarding the status of this week's tournament. Tim Brassfield, Executive Director of the All-Sports Association, was very appreciative of the support and sensitivity to the situation displayed by our conference staff and coaches and shared with us the strong desire from his fellow Oklahoma City leaders that the championship continue to be played this weekend. It was then determined that the tournament be delayed one day and proceed with an altered schedule beginning Thursday. Click here for the conference's full release with an updated schedule of games.
To have such a tragic occurrence come on the heels of a wonderful Wildcat weekend is indeed humbling, but I do want to congratulate Coach Brad Hill and our Big 12 Champion baseball team following a title-clinching series win over Oklahoma this past weekend. And hats off to the 7,600-plus fans that attended the series - Friday night's atmosphere during our dramatic walk-off win was special. We are also in position to potentially host a NCAA Regional here in Manhattan May 31-June 3. Stay tuned for more information and tune into the NCAA selection show on ESPNU next Monday at 11 a.m. In the meantime, click here to watch our special Big 12 Champion baseball video.
Also today in Oklahoma City, the conference announced postseason honors and awards for baseball with a total of seven players being named First Team All-Big 12 as well as Wildcat picks for Coach of the Year (Brad Hill), Player of the Year (Ross Kivett), Freshman of the Year (Jake Matthys) and Scholar Athlete of the Year (Jared King) --- which now gives us three Big 12 Scholar Athletes this year! Click here for our full release on the awards.