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Wayne Graham out at Rice after 2018 season

(04/25/18 4:40pm)

A legendary tenure is set to come to an end at the end of the baseball season. Baseball head coach Wayne Graham has been informed that his contract will not be renewed next year. Graham has been the head coach at Rice since 1992 and has led the Owls to 23 consecutive NCAA tournaments. He has never had a losing season, though the Owls are currently 16-23-2 this year. Graham said the decision was ultimately out of his control.

Cyclist killed in collision with truck near Rice University main entrance

(04/24/18 6:30pm)

According to a text alert from Rice University, a bicyclist was killed in an accident with a truck near the intersection of Main Street and Sunset Boulevard this morning. According to Rice University, the victim was the spouse of a member of the Rice community. The Houston Police Department has shut down the intersection and the text alert states members of the Rice community should avoid the area.

​The Final Kauntdown: Owls fans can keep dreaming big

(04/18/18 3:29am)

My first article for the Thresher sports section was a preview of the football team’s 2015 road game at the University of Texas, Austin. Rice was feeling pretty good about itself. The week prior, the Owls had destroyed FCS team Wagner University 56-16 in the season opener. They were coming off three consecutive bowl appearances and were picked by the conference media to finish second in the Conference USA West Division behind only Louisiana Tech University.

Baseball clinches series win over ODU

(04/07/18 10:31pm)

In a season that has included its fair share of low points, Rice baseball now has a reason to celebrate. The Owls defeated Old Dominion University 4-3 on Saturday afternoon at Reckling Park to clinch their first Conference USA series victory of the season. The win moves Rice to 14-19 overall and 4-7 in C-USA. Head coach Wayne Graham said the victory was much needed.

​Southern Miss takes 2 out of 3 games

(04/04/18 2:19am)

Rice baseball entered the eighth inning on Sunday against the University of Southern Mississippi trailing 6-2, seemingly headed for its third straight loss and ninth in 11 games. But a five-run Owls rally, capped by an RBI single by freshman second baseman Trei Cruz, helped Rice salvage a game from the No. 14 Golden Eagles. Despite Sunday’s win, the Owls lost two out of three games to the Golden Eagles and dropped to 12-18 on the season and 2-7 in Conference USA.

​The Final Kauntdown: Dark times in Rice Athletics

(03/28/18 6:42am)

I’ll admit it; I didn’t see it coming. Throughout my time at this school, I have criticized Rice Athletics. I thought the department was slow to address problems, that teams were trending in the wrong direction, that change was often necessary. I now admit that I was wrong. After nearly 30 years of occasional greatness and frequent respectability, Rice Athletics has returned to the good ol’ days. Finally, Rice sucks again.

​The Final Kauntdown: Rice baseball no longer among national elite

(03/21/18 2:08am)

Everyone who follows Rice baseball knows the numbers: 23 straight NCAA tournament appearances. Seven College World Series appearances. One national championship. And if anyone doesn’t know them, they can see them as soon as they enter Reckling Park. A flag in left field celebrates the 2003 national champions, and various plaques, trophies and signs celebrate all of the College World Series teams and star players of the past.

​Men’s basketball fails to qualify for conference tournament

(03/07/18 5:27am)

The first season of head coach Scott Pera’s tenure came to an end over the weekend, as Rice men’s basketball failed to qualify for the Conference USA tournament. The Owls finished the season with a record of 7-24, 4-14 in conference play. Despite the record, junior guard Connor Cashaw said he was proud of how the Owls performed.

Comeback kids: Baseball gets third come-from-behind win of the season

(02/21/18 3:48pm)

In the first home game of his career, with Rice trailing 6-4 in the eighth inning, freshman second baseman Trei Cruz came to bat with the bases loaded. He was not fazed. Cruz delivered with a bases-clearing triple to put the Owls ahead 7-6 over Texas State University, and Rice held on for an 8-6 victory for its third win in four tries in the young season.