Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Childress has Aggies on right track

In the interest of full disclosure, I am not a fan of Texas A&M in anything. In fact, I almost abhor the Aggies (except a few friends who attended school there) in any sport.

But, as a journalist, I have to give credit where it is due. And so a tip of the proverbial cap to second-year Aggies baseball coach Rob Childress, a former NSU Demons assistant coach.

Less than a year-and-a-half after taking over a downtrodden program that had made little noise on the national scene since the mid-1990s, Childress has A&M back in the Top 25. TAMU carried a 10-game winning streak into this week and one of those wins came over then-No. 1 Rice.

Childress has implemented the same quick turnaround his ment0r, Dave Van Horn, did at Nebraska and now the Aggies are clipping at the Huskers' heels in terms of where they stand in the Big 12.

College baseball has become more about pitching the last couple of seasons and, given Childress' expertise in that area, it's no surprise he has the Aggies back to their old tricks.


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