Super Site To Be Set Late Monday Night

Mississippi State fans wanting to know if they will get to see the Diamond Dogs at Dudy Noble Field one more weekend will have to stay up and log-on late Monday. And even then they might not know the specific dates for State's upcoming super regional tournament with Clemson for another day.

Thanks to weather delays at a number of first-round regionals around the country, as well as some surprising winners and losers alike, the NCAA baseball committee has some decisions to make this evening when they discuss sites and dates for all eight super regionals. The committee will meet by conference call starting at 10:00 (CT) this evening. Their decisions could come quickly…or an hour or more after the teleconference begins, if the committee needs to await until the last final Monday score is in. This could take some time since at least one game doesn't begin until 7:30, while Vanderbilt's all-or-nothing game with Michigan began at 6:00.

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.

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