Naturally all that matters to Diamond Dogs and their fans is whether or not Clemson's Monday afternoon victory over Coastal Carolina means Mississippi State will host the super-round matchup of the pre-paired Regional winners. The Bulldogs, seeded second in the Tallahassee Regional, pulled off one of the bigger upsets in this year's NCAA Tournament by defeating host and #6 national seed Florida State twice to take the championship. It is State's first Regional title since 2001.
The Tallahassee Regional is paired with the Myrtle Beach tournament hosted by top region seed Coastal Carolina. But two-seed Clemson also scored the upset, beating the host in both the winner's bracket and in the championship round. That Regional was delayed a day by weather and did not concluded until today.
Both State and Clemson put in bids to host second-round regionals if they advanced, and both are two-seeds. The Tigers of the ACC do have a slightly higher Ratings Power Index than State, but speaking casually to media at Tallahassee on Saturday night MSU athletic director and NCAA baseball committee chairman Larry Templeton said RPI would not be the decisive factor in awarding host privileges between the two schools. He indicated that other factors would weigh into the committee's decision, such as the respective bids and what programs have had to travel more this year and in recent years.
This could weigh in State's favor, since last June the Bulldogs had to travel to Clemson to play in the first-round regional. In fact, State has been sent to four-straight Regionals at Atlantic Coast Conference sites.
Monday afternoon, MSU officials said that based on their conversations with Templeton—who is in his office today—the committee's decision could come as early at just after 10:00 pm, or much later into the evening and past most media deadlines. But as soon as the committee makes a decision on MSU-Clemson, it will be posted on Mississippi State's official athletic website.
But even if State is awarded a site, the dates will have to be settled after the hosts are. ESPN intends to televise certain super regionals and would thus have to schedule them accordingly for the network's various branches. The committee will need ESPN's input before setting what four super regionals will start this Friday and which on Saturday, as well as game times on those days. It is likely this won't be entirely settled until Tuesday.
That information, as well as ticket information, will also be posted by MSU as soon as possible.