Author: EricLopezELO

TRENDING NOW: NCAA TRANSFER TRACKER / COLLEGE COACHING TRACKER When you watch softball in the Tokyo Olympics, you will hear familiar voices calling it. NBC officially announced in late June that Beth Mowins, who has worked 27 Women’s College World Series championship tournaments, will call Olympic softball alongside analyst Michele Smith. Smith is a two-time United Stated Olympic gold medalist in softball; she and Mowins have worked together at ESPN since Smith joined the network in 1995. Also part of the softball coverage will be Jessica Mendoza, who won a gold medal in 2004 and a silver medal in 2008 as part of…

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TRENDING NOW: NCAA TRANSFER TRACKER / COLLEGE COACHING TRACKER If head-to-head TV numbers operated under softball rules, then it would be a run-rule victory for the Women’s College World Series over the Men’s CWS. The 2021 WCWS averaged 1.2 million viewers, which easily topped that men’s counterpart, which gathered 755,000 viewers on average. Digging deeper, the WCWS Championship Series between Oklahoma and Florida State averaged 1.84 million TV viewers, which again easily topped the men’s version; the baseball championship series between Mississippi State and Vanderbilt averaged 1.15 million viewers. This marks the third time since 2015 that the Women’s College World Series has…

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Chris Steiner’s departure from Florida International (FIU) came at a rather unexpected time, and leaves the Panthers looking for what will be their fourth head coach in five years. The Panthers have struggled to maintain relevancy in Conference USA since Beth Torina departed in 2011, and have not had the same head coach for longer than four years at a time. Steiner’s hire was a late one in 2019, as was the naming of Heather Gelbard as interim a year prior. Could one of these candidates be the next Panthers’ head coach?

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TRENDING NOW: NCAA TRANSFER TRACKER / COLLEGE COACHING TRACKER The Oklahoma/Florida State matchup in the Women’s College World Series Championship Series averaged 1.84 million viewers, marking the most-watched WCWS final since Michigan/Florida in 2015. The Sooners/Seminoles series was up 15% from the last time the event took place in 2019, when UCLA and Oklahoma averaged 1.57 million viewers, according to ESPNPR. That number is especially impressive, considering that Game 3 of this year’s Championship Series aired in a mid-afternoon time slot; despite the early start, the game was UP 6% from the previous Game 3 (2016; Oklahoma vs. Auburn; 1.48 million) which aired…

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TRENDING NOW: NCAA TRANSFER TRACKER / COLLEGE COACHING TRACKER One game to monitor this weekend is Game 2 of the Washington and Oklahoma series, which is scheduled to air on ABC. The game will air on Saturday at 3 pm Eastern time. It marks the first time in history that a college softball game will air on one of the major broadcast networks. The Huskies-Sooners Super Regional also marks the return of Jessica Mendoza to the softball broadcast booth, as she reunites with Beth Mowins, Michele Smith, and Holly Rowe for the call in Norman. Kevin Brown and Amanda Scarborough will be in…

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For a full, in-depth breakdown of Bracketology 8.0, please click here. For frequent updates on the Bracket impacts of various games, click here for Bubble Watch. Bracketology 8.0: Regionals * = Automatic Qualifier #1 Seed #2 Seed #3 Seed #4 Seed UCLA* Mississippi State Fresno State* Morgan State* Oklahoma* Texas State Texas A&M Manhattan* Alabama* Notre Dame South Alabama Western Kentucky* Florida UCF Troy Alabama State* Oklahoma State Minnesota Stanford BYU* Arkansas Wichita State* Southern Illinois* George Washington* Florida State Georgia South Florida UMBC* LSU Louisiana* Baylor McNeese* Missouri Iowa State Northern Iowa UIC* Washington Auburn Boston* Seattle* Tennessee Virginia Tech James…

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Selection Sunday is HERE. In just a few short hours, we will learn who the Selection Committee chose and who will play where for the Regional round. We know for the first time who all of the Automatic Qualifiers are in the field, and for these final predictions, we went back to square one. Look for new seedings, team placements, and some significant changes to the Bubble. Speaking of the Bubble, be sure to check out Bubble Watch for updates from this past week to see how some teams have assembled their case for an at-large bid.

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Several conference tournaments are already in action and more than two dozen will take place throughout the course of this week. All of the results lead up to Selection Sunday, when the full NCAA Tournament bracket will be announced. This week, we’ve changed up some things in the Bracketology world. Below, you’ll find the usual in-depth analysis and breakdown of our projected bracket. If you’re not a paid JWOS subscriber, however, this week only, we have published our projected regionals in a free article that can be found here. Also, beginning on Wednesday, look for our Bubble Watch updates that…

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The 20 potential hosting sites have officially been announced, and the general consensus is that there was much ado about nothing. Expectations were met with the group of programs that were selected for the top 20, and just a couple of weeks remain before that group is siphoned down to the sixteen actual Regional hosts. There’s also some movement on the Bubble this week, with some teams on a bit of shakier footing than in weeks past and other teams making their inaugural appearances on the bubble in 2021.

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We are in the home stretch of the 2021 softball season. Division II has already named its postseason host sites, and a similar announcement from Division I is expected next week. This is the second time this year that we’ve projected a full field of 64, including full regional projections. You’ll notice some changes from the 4.0 edition, including in some of the at-large and “on the bubble” positions. It’s important to note that Regional hosting sites will be selected and announced three weeks before the NCAA tournament bracket is unveiled, but a team could host a regional without being…

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