The Wayne Graham era came to an end for Rice baseball with a 9-8 loss to Florida Atlantic University on May 26. With that loss, the search for Rice’s new head baseball coach began.
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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.
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.
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.
Sam Stewart is graduating next month. After four years of balancing a double major in economics and managerial studies with his role as a running back for the Rice football team, he is going to walk across the stage in front of Lovett Hall and receive his degree.
Over 80 percent of male Rice student-athletes and nearly 70 percent of female student-athletes reported stress levels of six or higher on a 10-point scale, according to a research study conducted by senior Julie Litver and juniors Mike Otoo and Molly Tilbrook.
When San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem in protest of racial injustice two football seasons ago, junior Ben Schragger, a McMurtry College student and a pitcher for the baseball team, said he was unsure how to react.
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.
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.
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.
March 29 at 12:15 a.m.: This article has been updated to reflect the official results.
Rice women’s basketball had its season come to an end on Tuesday night, falling 93-73 at the University of New Mexico in the second round of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament. The Owls finish the year with a record of 23-10, just one win shy of the program record set in 2004-05.
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.
In its first home Women’s National Invitational Tournament game since 2006, Rice did not disappoint the Tudor Fieldhouse crowd. The Owls defeated Texas State University 71-60 Thursday night to move on to the second round of the WNIT, where they will take on the University of New Mexico.
For the second straight year, the Rice women’s basketball team is going to the postseason. The Owls have earned a berth in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament. The Owls will host Texas State University at Tudor Fieldhouse in the first round on Thursday.
Rice baseball rebounded from a four-game sweep in Palo Alto by winning two out of three games this weekend against Houston Baptist University this weekend. At time of print, Rice’s road game at Texas State University was ongoing on Tuesday night.
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.
The scene is a talk radio show solely dedicated to Rice Athletics. The host is taking callers during a segment on the past weekend of games. Of course, this is entirely fictional. Any radio show solely devoted to Rice Athletics would surely be taken off the air in a week due to low ratings.
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.
It’s been the same story for three straight years for Rice swimming. The Owls have come up just short at the Conference USA Championships each season since 2015, finishing second to Florida International University every year. This year, according to senior Jaecey Parham, they are hoping for revenge.