Our April 2003 issue is packed with in-depth stories and features that will satisfy the information-thirst of any Cardinalmaniac. Though most Stanford fans think of springtime as the "off-season," with football months ago laid into the ground and basketball just wrapped up, this is actually the busiest time of the year for Cardinal athletics. Spring workouts are kicking into high gear for both football and hoops, while baseball goes into overdrive. Several spring sports hit their stretch runs, while the recruiting trail heats up across the entire department. We do our best to capture the timely and exciting stories at hand in this jam-packed issue. For instance:
- Mike Eubanks' exhaustive "Spring Ball Preview" – a detailed look at all the positions and the players trying to lay claim to those spots. Mike also discusses the off-season assistant coaching changes and the critical areas of improvement to look for.
- A comprehensive look at Julius Barnes' chances at the pro level. Chris Jaenike discusses the pre-draft camps and workouts and even solicited input from some pro scouts on JB's prospects at "the next level." This is the most in-depth and educational treatment of a Stanford player's NBA draft projection you will ever read.
- KZSU voice of the Cardinal Chad Goldberg checks in with an overdue profile of "Nine" – our beloved head baseball coach Mark Marquess. In 27 years at the helm, he has guided the Cardinal to 12 College World Series appearances and two NCAA titles. Stanford baseball is putting together one of the strongest teams we have seen in some time, but "Nine" is the mastermind. We go behind the curtain to find out more about this Stanford sports icon.
- Mike Eubanks is back at it with another look at Spring football practice. This feature focuses on the many freshmen that are trying to land starting jobs for the 2003 season. This is quite unusual, as Stanford has a recent track record of senior-led squads. Get a behind-the-scenes look at their off-season physical developments and aspirations heading into their second season.
- Editor Emeritus Jim Rutter caught up with a couple of "Vintage Cardinalmaniacs" – class of 1930 Stanford Steinbeck (and a first cousin of famed author John) and Edgar McDowell, who graduated in 1926! Don't miss their legendary tales of football seasons past!
- Forget the Council of Chiefs, the Starting Eleven has to be the most secretive club at Stanford. Founded by Jack Laird, this football booster organization counts 200 members. Find out what this "club" is all about, and how it quietly has been an engine of creation that has supported Stanford football through the years.
- Our Hot List features potential recruits who will be high school seniors during the 2003 football season. Get an early jump on Cardinal recruiting, courtesy of Mike Eubanks. The Stanford coaches are hot and heavy into this class, and this piece is an exclusive look at their top early targets!
- Just like women's soccer, lacrosse has exploded as a big-time sport at Stanford. Lacrosse only became a varsity sport in 1996 but already Stanford has cracked the Top-20 rankings and challenging the East Coast's dominance in this sport. Mark DeVaughn provides the story on the program's quick ascent, and the coaches orchestrating the magic.
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