TALLAHASSEE — With the NCAA baseball tournament about to start, a group of managers with a combined 109 tournament trips will once resume their annual quest for that ever elusive College World Series title.
Five managers in this year's field have made 15 or more appearances in the tournament but have yet to win the championship. They are: FSU's Mike Martin, Georgia Tech's Danny Hall, North Carolina State's Elliott Avent, Minnesota's John Anderson and Stetson's Pete Dunn.
The dean of frustration is Martin, who has guided the Seminoles to the postseason all 37 years he has been in charge. FSU has been to the College World Series 15 times under Martin with two losses in the championship.
"You don't reinvent the wheel," Martin said. "You have to be the same person, have the same personality and do the things you have done all year long."
San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, who is one of many players the 72-year-old Martin has sent to the majors, is hoping his former coach can make a title run this season. The Seminoles open the Tallahassee Region tonight against Alabama State.
"He's just a true baseball man," Posey said. "The reason he's been there as long as he has is he's a great leader, he's a great person. It sure would be nice to see him get it."
BRILES ON SCANDAL: Former Baylor football coach Art Briles said Thursday that the report on the handling of sexual assault allegations commissioned by the school has not been shared with him and that he assumes it supports a conclusion already drawn by the board of regents.
It was the first time Briles had spoken out since being ousted by the board last week. The board moved to terminate Briles after eight years as coach. The report, commissioned by the law firm Pepper Hamilton, stated school leadership, including Briles and his staff, inappropriately handled allegations of sexual violence made by students, some against football players.
Briles said his "heart goes out to the victims for the pain that they endured." He added, "I have certainly made mistakes, and, in hindsight, I would have done certain things differently. Keep in mind, the complete scope of what happened here has not been disclosed and unfortunately at this time I am contractually obligated to remain silent on the matter. I hope to share with you what I was aware of as soon as I can so Baylor Nation can begin the healing process."
The school's main alumni group, the Baylor Line Association, demanded that Baylor release a complete report, calling the 13-page summary released last week as unsatisfactory.
School regents have said they will protect victim privacy.
OBITUARY: Bob Williams, the starting quarterback when Notre Dame finished 10-0 and won the national championship in 1949, died May 27 at a retirement home in Timonium, Md. He was 86. His 161.4 passing efficiency rating in 1949 is tied for the best in school history. Mr. Williams was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988.
LAPCHICK AWARD: Three basketball legends with ties to the Philadelphia area will receive the Lapchick Character Award. The trio to be honored on Nov. 18: Herb Magee, who has won more than 1,000 games at Philadelphia University; Marianne Stanley, who played on the famed Immaculata teams of the 1970s; and the late John Bach, who was the coach at Penn State among his career stops.