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College Baseball HOFer, Wayne Graham forced out at Rice U.- Won't return in 2019

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  • College Baseball HOFer, Wayne Graham forced out at Rice U.- Won't return in 2019

    College Baseball Hall of Fame coach, Wayne Graham's coaching record: San Jacinto Junior college 675 -113-2 (1981-1991); Rice University 1168-523-3 (1992-2018); Overall 1843-636-4.
    Wayne Graham has not been offered a contract for 2019 and his coaching career at Rice University will come to an end this weekend. His Rice owls are just 23-28 this year and 11-14 in their conference. Rice is in eighth place in it's conference, the last place that qualifies goes tfor the conference tournament, but holding on to that position is not assured and it's season could end by Saturday with the conclusion of the regular season. Rice lost it's last home game yesterday to its crosstown rival, University of Houston Cougars. They have three regular season games remaining Tomorrow, May 17 through Saturday, May 19 in Miami at Florida International University. The final game will be the 1,700th coaching game of Graham's career.
    Graham played professional baseball for 11 years 1957 to 1967, mostly in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. His total time in the major leagues is equal to about half of one major league season. His two partial seasons in the major leagues as a player consists of his when Graham played for the Phillies for the first month of the 1963 season and he played for the New York Mets for the last two months of the 1964 season, playing as a third baseman (his primary position) and as an outfielder.
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 06-06-2018, 05:09 AM.

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    A repieve: Rice Univ. and Wayne Graham: Rice holds on to eighth place in the final conference standings and earns the last spot that qualifies for the Conference USA conference tournament. They will play in the first round of the conference championship tournament against Louisiana Tech on Wednesday, May 23 at the Milwaukee Brewers' AA - Southern League affiliate ballpark in Biloxi, MS...
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 05-20-2018, 10:02 AM.

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      May 26: College Hall Of Fame Coach, Wayne Graham, 82, coaches his final game for Rice University, a loss to Florida International University, eliminating Rice from the Conference USA tournament. With the loss his coaching record at Rice for exactly 1,700 games is finalized at 1171-526-3, with a .690 winning percentage. The Owls' 26-31-2 record this season was the only losing season out of 27 years for College Baseball Hall Of Famer, Graham at Rice.
      Graham played minor league ball for 11 seasons, from1957 to 1967, mostly as a Third Baseman, reaching the majors briefly with the 1963 Philadelphia Phillies and the 1964 New York Mets. (His total MLB seniority time between the two teams was about half a season - one month with the Phillies and two months with the Mets).
      Last edited by philliesfiend55; 11-02-2018, 08:06 AM.

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      • #4
        The college baseball world is now a safer place for pitchers with Graham gone. He has a reputation for riding his pitchers like pack mules. Most of his top picks had arm surgery.

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        • #5
          I hate to see anyone forced out but I am also not a fan of the notion that "a coach has earned the right to leave when he wants." College sports is about the student-athletes yet too many times we see the the student-athletes education and athletic career get tossed aside all for the coaches career.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Orioles5 View Post
            I hate to see anyone forced out but I am also not a fan of the notion that "a coach has earned the right to leave when he wants." College sports is about the student-athletes yet too many times we see the the student-athletes education and athletic career get tossed aside all for the coaches career.
            Power Fives and other ranked teams have coaches making several hundred thousand per year. It’s not about the student-athletes. It’s about winning. Nothing will change until the college presidents admit what college sports are all about. Those NCAA ads make me sick. They’re so phony.

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            • #7
              It was probably just time for Wayne Graham to go. His 2018 team was solidly under .500 and was a far cry from Graham's "glory years" at Rice. At 82 he was by far the oldest coach of an NCAA Division One baseball program. He may not have realized it, but it was time to turn the job over to a younger man.

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              • #8
                The perfect night at home = Baseball time and what TV show?

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