Darrell RoyalThe Sporting News’ 50 greatest coaches of all-time released recently caused a lot of conversation on sports talk radio. They polled 118 ex-players, coaches, and other experts and pegged [tag]UCLA[/tag] great John Wooden as the all-time greatest coach.

Overall it’s a great list, but there’s definitely some names left off and some order problems (Don Shula number 5?) that have people talking. Austin American-Statesman writer Kirk Bohls thinks Texas legend Darrell Royal deserved to be on the list:

But Darrell K. Royal absolutely must be included.

Without question, he has become the most overlooked great coach in the history of the game. He won three national championships, and I don’t want to hear cracks about his UPI title before the Cotton Bowl loss to Notre Dame in January 1971 because he won it under the rules of the day. Think split national titles, LSU and USC.

“No question, Darrell should be on the list,” said former Texas A&M coach R.C. Slocum, one of Sporting News’ 118 voters. “It takes away from the credibility of the list. If Darrell Royal is not on there, it’d be a suspect list, and I’m on the panel.”

What do you think? Is Royal one of the greatest coaches of all time?

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Posted June 24th, 2009 by Brian
Filed under: Baseball, Feature, Live, World Series

Follow along below with our live thoughts and analysis during tonight’s final, College World Series finals deciding game 3 between Texas and [tag]LSU[/tag]. The series is tied 1-1 and it’s winner take all tonight in the best-of-three series for the NCAA title. Texas will start pitcher [tag]Cole Green[/tag] with the chance to win the Longhorns’ 6th all-time baseball championship tonight at ESPN at 6:00pm.

We will be posting live on Twitter at twitter.com/40AcresSports and it will also be embedded below. Follow along in either place to participate in the conversation and check back here later for news and analysis of the game. Hook ’em! (more …)

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Follow along below with our live thoughts and analysis during tonight’s rain delayed College World Series finals game between Texas and [tag]LSU[/tag]. Texas is down 1-0 in the best-of-three series and will send out starting pitcher [tag]Taylor Jungmann[/tag] to try to even up things on ESPN at 7:40pm.

We will be posting live on Twitter at twitter.com/40AcresSports and it will also be embedded below. Follow along in either place to participate in the conversation and check back here later for news and analysis of the game. Hook ’em! (more …)

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Follow along below with our live thoughts and analysis during tonight’s College World Series finals game between Texas and [tag]LSU[/tag]. Texas starting pitcher [tag]Chance Ruffin[/tag] will take the mound he’ll face LSU’s tough lineup tonight on ESPN at 6pm. The CWS championship round is a best 2-out-of-3 series, with games 2 and 3 (if necessary) taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday.

We will be posting live on Twitter at twitter.com/40AcresSports and it will also be embedded below. Follow along in either place to participate in the conversation and check back here later for news and analysis of the game. Hook ’em! (more …)

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Posted June 19th, 2009 by Brian
Filed under: Baseball, Feature, Live, World Series

Follow along below with our live thoughts and analysis during tonight’s delayed College World Series game between Texas and [tag]Arizona State[/tag]. Texas will start [tag]Cole Green[/tag] and he’ll face ASU’s supposedly injured Mike Leake tonight on ESPN2 at approximately 7:45pm. If Texas wins, they’ll advance to face [tag]LSU[/tag] for the championship.

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Cameron Rupp celebrates with his teammates after one of his 2 home runs. (ESPN.com)

Cameron Rupp celebrates with his teammates after one of his two home runs. (ESPN.com)

In a fantastic and improbable performance, the Texas baseball team came back to win tonight from a 6-0 deficit against one of the top pitchers in college baseball. The Horns knocked off [tag]Arizona State[/tag] and their ace Mike Leake by the final score of 10-6. [tag]Cameron Rupp[/tag] had 2 home runs and freshman pitcher [tag]Taylor Jungmann[/tag] was fantastic in relief of starter [tag]Chance Ruffin[/tag]. The bats came alive throughout the lineup to the tune of 15 hits.

Texas is now 2-0 in their College World Series bracket and in fantastic shape to make it to the title game. Arizona State will have a rematch with [tag]North Carolina[/tag] on Thursday for the right to to take on the Horns on Friday evening. Whoever they face, they’ll have to win two in a row to get past Texas.

See the game’s live blog for more opinions on the game.

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Follow along below with our live thoughts and analysis during tonight’s opening game for the Texas Longhorns at the 2009 College World Series. [tag]Cole Green[/tag] will get the start as the Horns take on [tag]Southern Miss[/tag] at 6pm on ESPN2 and we’ll be posting live on Twitter at twitter.com/40AcresSports. Follow along there to participate in the conversation. Hook ’em!

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Inning by Inning: A Portrait of a CoachTexas plays [tag]TCU[/tag] today for the right to go to Omaha, but first you get one last chance to win a copy of the Inning By Inning DVD. This time all you have to do to win is sign up on this entry form.

If you want to win a copy of the DVD, simply submit your name and address by 6:00am Central on June 9 using this entry form to win. Additional contest details on the entry form. Share the contest with your friends and check back every day this week for another chance to win.

A brief description of the documentary is below:

INNING BY INNING: A PORTRAIT OF A COACH is a fascinating look inside the world of University of Texas baseball coach Augie Garrido. Through unprecedented access to team meetings, practices, in-game conversations and the occasional tirade, the film examines this remarkable coach’s career and reveals Garrido’s Zen-like approach to the game that both inspires and changes lives. With a philosophy that places both baseball and his players in the larger context of life as a whole, Garrido has won five National Championships (3 at Cal State Fullerton and 2 at UT) and is the only coach to win National Championships in four different decades, and at two different schools.

The film includes interviews with former players, coaches, Alumni, baseball luminaries and friends, revealing the remarkable man behind the achievements. For coaches, players, and fans of baseball, Inning By Inning is a must see film that will forever change the way you look at the game – and perhaps the way you live your life.

Directed by Academy Award® nominee Richard Linklater (School of Rock, Before Sunset).

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Inning by Inning: A Portrait of a CoachIt’s a great day to be a Texas baseball fan. The Super Regionals start against [tag]TCU[/tag] start today and you get another chance to win a copy of the Inning By Inning DVD. This time all you have to do to win is sign up on this entry form.

If you want to win a copy of the DVD, simply submit your name and address by 6:00am Central on June 7 using this entry form to win. Additional contest details on the entry form. Share the contest with your friends and check back every day this week for another chance to win.

A brief description of the documentary is below:

INNING BY INNING: A PORTRAIT OF A COACH is a fascinating look inside the world of University of Texas baseball coach Augie Garrido. Through unprecedented access to team meetings, practices, in-game conversations and the occasional tirade, the film examines this remarkable coach’s career and reveals Garrido’s Zen-like approach to the game that both inspires and changes lives. With a philosophy that places both baseball and his players in the larger context of life as a whole, Garrido has won five National Championships (3 at Cal State Fullerton and 2 at UT) and is the only coach to win National Championships in four different decades, and at two different schools.

The film includes interviews with former players, coaches, Alumni, baseball luminaries and friends, revealing the remarkable man behind the achievements. For coaches, players, and fans of baseball, Inning By Inning is a must see film that will forever change the way you look at the game – and perhaps the way you live your life.

Directed by Academy Award® nominee Richard Linklater (School of Rock, Before Sunset).

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Inning by Inning: A Portrait of a CoachAnother day and two two more Inning by Inning DVDs to giveaway courtesy of Virgil Films. Today’s trivia question is a little harder: What team did Garrido manage in the 1999 movie For Love of the Game? Head over to the entry form and submit your answer.

If you want to win a copy of the DVD, simply submit your trivia answer along with you name and address by 6:00am Central on June 4 using this entry form to win. Additional contest details on the entry form. Share the contest with your friends and check back every day this week for another chance to win.

A brief description of the documentary is below:

INNING BY INNING: A PORTRAIT OF A COACH is a fascinating look inside the world of University of Texas baseball coach Augie Garrido. Through unprecedented access to team meetings, practices, in-game conversations and the occasional tirade, the film examines this remarkable coach’s career and reveals Garrido’s Zen-like approach to the game that both inspires and changes lives. With a philosophy that places both baseball and his players in the larger context of life as a whole, Garrido has won five National Championships (3 at Cal State Fullerton and 2 at UT) and is the only coach to win National Championships in four different decades, and at two different schools.

The film includes interviews with former players, coaches, Alumni, baseball luminaries and friends, revealing the remarkable man behind the achievements. For coaches, players, and fans of baseball, Inning By Inning is a must see film that will forever change the way you look at the game – and perhaps the way you live your life.

Directed by Academy Award® nominee Richard Linklater (School of Rock, Before Sunset).

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