The regional bid process

Below is an excerpt from a John Davis story that will appear tomorrow in The Oxford Citizen about the process of preparing a bid to host an NCAA baseball regional. If you are a resident of Lafayette County, the Citizen will appear with your regular mail.

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In the case of Ole Miss, the baseball bid, a requirement to garner consideration for a host spot, is being handled by Titus Queen, the university’s game operations coordinator. Queen gained valuable experience handling such bids when he was at Florida State the past six years, serving as the second in command for the bidding process for two regionals and three super regionals that were awarded to the Seminoles.

“I got started on the experience here as a participant,” said Queen, who served as the equipment manager to Ole Miss baseball from 2002-2005. “Your role is a little bit different when you’re a manager and a graduate assistant. My first year at Florida State, I was in charge of the baseball field, so I got experience it from that point of view. And then the last four or five years, I actively had a role in putting on a regional, from running the tarp crew to being in charge of the stadium. It built up as I went along.”

The experience gained, at another top-level school historically used to hosting NCAA events in other sports such as soccer, has already paid off for Ole Miss this year. After winning two out of three games over Georgia in the final home series, the Rebels sat atop the Southeastern Conference Western Division standings with 17 wins, a benchmark number when it comes time to determining regional host sites. Another key in deciding regionals revolves around a team’s rating percentage index or RPI. Ole Miss has been in the top 15 all season, a good ranking when it comes time for the NCAA committee to make a final decision on May 25.

Much more in tomorrow’s edition of The Oxford Citizen.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • JB

    when I saw Florida State that did it for me with Ole Miss, so now Ole miss and Florida State are bed partners.. good luck rebels Mike Martin is a plank owner as cousin Bobby Bowden, both brought success to Tallahassee but could not over come the powerful Gators. By the way if it matters Gators has owned the Noles this season in baseball – all Gators, Miss state if you are out there you are gaining favor with me , Ha! Go Gators!

    • true red & blue

      One former Florida State employee who has no current ties to Florida State and you turn your back on your former hometown. I just don’t get it. Guess I must be missing something here. Do you know whether any of the people associated with your gators ever had any ties to florida state? Hopefully the Rebels get an opportunity during the CWS playoffs to send the gators home.

      • JB

        You will probably get your wish in the SEC tournament, Black Bears my not make it to the CWS, Miss state could have a say in that. I have had ties to univ of Florida for many years, The SHANDS hospital there l kept my son alive for several years.

        and by the way Oxford Miss is not my home town, Oxford’s only interest is caters to the Univ of Political correctness and their influence and BIG money.

        • True red&blue

          Unlike the University of Florida… lol. All towns cater to the big money. It is just easier to see with universities in small towns. And I knew Oxford was not your hometown. But it is close enough.

    • bob

      You’re kidding, right? The athletic department at Ole Miss has one minor employee that used to work at Florida State and because of that you’re “done with Ole Miss” and Ole Miss is “in bed with Florida State”? Surely you’re aware that the Florida athletic department has more than one person with previous ties to Florida State…

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