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Barnes blogs about... no NCAA baseball

Barnes blogs about... no NCAA baseball

by Mike Barnes

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Posted on May 28, 2012 at 5:21 PM

It's a June swoon.  No Longhorn baseball this month because they didn't make the NCAA playoffs.

And that's just not right.

Since the last "bad" season in 1998, the Horns have always made the NCAA Regional, usually the Super Regional, and about half the time the College World Series.

Maybe we were too optimistic about this team that went two and barbecue in Omaha last year and lost ace Taylor Jungmann.  They seemed to return a great group and there were some promising newcomers.  But injuries and off the field problems were too much that a lack of hitting couldn't overcome.

I remember the disappointment of coming up short of the College World Series in 1986, 1988 (when I went as a fan even though Texas lost to Cal in the regional) and 1990 (which would've been my first trip as a journalist).  Maybe that's what helped numb the disappointing decade of the 90s.

Then when Texas made Omaha a second June home after the turn of the century, everything seemed right with the world.

There have been lots of changes around UT baseball since that last title in 2005.

The Disch is completely different.  They don't let photographers get ground level video from near the on-deck circles anymore.  In fact, they barely have room for us at all.

But we still have room for them.  Room in our abbreviated sportscasts for highlights and interviews and scores on the traditional "Road to Omaha".

But not this year.

Maybe it's just the cycle of college athletics.  Maybe it's bad luck.  Or maybe it's karma.

But June won't be the same this year.