Saturday, June 9, 2007

State of mind? Omaha

Mississippi State is the first team to punch its College World Series ticket. Tip your cap to Ron Polk.

After all, this is a team that weathered a storm of criticism about its rightful place in the tournament. Now it will be one of the final eight teams left and one of the few to go 5-0 in order to reach Omaha.

State's first trip to Omaha since 1998 will be a feel-good story for coach Polk, the NCAA's biggest critic. Polk has railed against the NCAA to no avail for years, but always has been entertainning in his rants.

Now if a couple more tradition-laden programs -- Oklahoma State, Wichita State -- can pull out Super Regional victories, the CWS will have a good old-school feel to it.


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