Are you tired of winter yet? I am. So when I start to feel that claustrophobic feeling, I start thinking about baseball. The Great Game.
I became a fan of the minor league team the Grand Prairie Airhogs. They play pretty close to my home, and they are cheaper than the Rangers, although I hope to attend a lot of their games this year as well.
That said, I noticed that the Airhogs have hired one of my favorite ex-Rangers in Curtis Wilkerson.
The Grand Prairie AirHogs announce the addition of former Major League infielder, Curtis Wilkerson to its coaching staff. Wilkerson, who played ten seasons in the Major Leagues (1983‐1993) will join the ranks of former Texas Ranger teammate Pete Incaviglia, who is entering his third season as the AirHogs’ manager.
“I’m excited to be joining Pete and the AirHogs organization,” Wilkerson said, “I can’t wait to get to work and am looking forward to a successful season.”
Drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 4th round of the 1980 draft, Wilkerson was named the Rangers’ Rookie of the Year in 1984. He was traded to the Chicago Cubs in 1988, where he played two seasons, and later spent time with both the Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Royals before retiring in 1993.
After ending his playing career, Wilkerson coached in both the Pirates and Royals organizations and managed in the Continental Baseball League. So it will be good to see Wilkie on the bench this year.
And what is this?
Tennessee’s Lane Kiffin is the surprise choice of Southern California to replace Pete Carroll as football coach, leaving the Volunteers after just one season. The hiring was announced by USC on Tuesday night, hours after Carroll was introduced in Seattle as coach of the NFL’s Seahawks.
Kiffin, 34, is a disciple of Carroll, serving on his staff from 2001 to 2006. In Kiffin’s last two seasons at USC, he was offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator.
“This was not an easy decision,” Kiffin said at a brief news conference in Knoxville. “It happened very quickly.
I have a theory about a coach that moves so quickly after being on the job at a major college for a short time. Remember what happened to former TCU coach Dennis Franchione? Franchione built a successful program at TCU and was hired to coach at the University of Alabama. he was only there for a couple of years and then stood Bama up to take the job at Texas A&M and failed miserably. I think the thing that’s the common denominator is the programs may be in trouble. So we’ll see about how this story unfolds, but expect some kind of NCAA sanctions against Tennessee where Kiffin has coached for only 14 months.
The rumor is Tennessee is interested in Texas defensive coördinator Will Muschamp. We’ll see about that.
And what’s up with Tony Romo? I mean, does he get fired up imitating referee’s calls on the field? Check this out.
Time for another cup of coffee. Have a great day.