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Re: West Coast Bias
Auburn went 0-2 in the regional it hosted.
Oklahoma State did the same including being eliminated by Dallas Baptist by a score of 18-4.
Fullerton and Stanford are playing now for the right to play Texas A&M tonight in Palo Alto.
No question there is a bias against the west. Cohen who lead the committee from Auburn said the RPI is flawed yet it was used 100% in the selections. Next year let a West Coast rep lead the committee. Regarding weekday games. In most cases we schedule good opponents (USC, UCLA, LMU, etc.). UCI did schedule several games vs the Pac 12 and did very well but they are west coast teams. The Dirtbags do need to upgrade their non-conference schedule to include at least one series against a good SEC, ACC or Big 12 opponent.
On the disadvantages West Coast teams have and the controversial RPI system: ďIn Western baseball, we have a challenge. Much like a lot of our sports, a lot of the national experts, the announcers, those who are talking about college baseball, donít get a chance to see our teams play as much. So that hurts us from the get-go.
ďI think itís time to take a good look at the RPI at all levels. Has it become antiquated for current day? (Does) it get artificially inflated in certain leagues or certain parts of the country (and) doesnít benefit other parts of the country? Are we rewarding teams that are going out and trying their very best to schedule well, yet their geography might limit them to a certain degree?
ďYou can only play so many midweek games. We donít have a lot of opportunities to play midweek games, to get on a bus, that are relatively affordable. Weíve got to get on airplanes (to) go play midweek games. Thatís tough. So I think there can be a very robust, productive conversation around the RPI, and I welcome that and look forward to that happening.
ďIím disappointed that more teams in the West (didnít make it). I think that the two teams in our conference (ASU and USC) were deserving of getting in. Itís a hard one for (UC) Irvine as well. Thatís a tough blow not to get into the tournament for the record they had (38-17) and the kind of club they had and the kind of year they had.