The 2012 Rice Baseball alumni game has been cancelled because of the heavy rains that hit the area this morning.
The autograph session with the 2012 Owls in Fox Gym as well as season ticket pickup will take place. We will introduce all the alumni who came in for the game at 11 a.m. so you'll still have a chance to catch up with some of your favorite Owls from the past.
All non-game activities including all alumni introductions, autographs with the 2012 Owl team, and season-ticket pickup will be at Fox Gym due to weather expectations. Fox Gym is the indoor facility adjacent to the front entrance of Reckling Park (and west of Tudor Fieldhouse).
If the weather cancels the game all activities remain in Fox Gym.
If the weather is satisfactory, fans ans alumni can move over to Reckling Park and play ball!
If the weather is satisfactory, the teams for the home run derby have been set. The Rice varsity team will consist of junior Jeremy Rathjen and freshman Skyler Ewing. The Rice alumni team for home run derby will consist of Matt Lorenz ('97), Adam Zornes ('08) and Anthony Rendon ('11).
Season-tickets will be available for pickup and ticket staff will be on-hand to take new orders. Free posters and baseball schedule cards will be available.
As part of Alumni Game weekend, Centennial historian Dr. Melissa Kean will deliver the second Rice Baseball Alumni Lecture on Feb. 3 (Fri.) at 6 pm in the Rice Stadium R Room. The topic of her speech will be "The Early History of Rice Athletics and Why It Mattered." Those interested in attending Dr. Kean's Friday lecture should RSVP here.
Online Alumni Game registration form for the Rice baseball alumni is still accessible through the Rice University Baseball Players Association (RUBPA) website: here
Darrion Pollard of Gilmer NLI has been successfully delivered into the proper hands and he is the 24th and final member of the 2012 Rice football recruiting class.
Presser at 2:30, free on OwlVision and we will post player videos at that time. Hope to see you tonight at the Signing Day party.
Next stop, Spring Practice!
Luke Willson on a decidedly different atmosphere on signing day in Canada...
"I got up early and signed my Letter of Intent at home so my Dad could get it faxed to Rice. When I got to school, it was more like 'so, how was your morning? Guess what I did today?' It wasn't a big deal at school. We did a little press event after school that my summer league coach had arranged, but that was about it."
One look at Darik Dillard's extracurricular activities and you wonder when he slept. In addition to taking teams to the regional quarterfinals in both football and basketball and running track, he placed first in an art show and a state architecture competition while also serving as the treasurer for both the National Honor Society and his senior class.....and I think there are some other things we might have missed...
Offensive line recruit Brandon Dawkins brings a well-rounded athletic resume to Rice, including swimming the 50 meter freestyle for the state champs and playing water polo. He also has served as a clerk for a pair of Dallas County Criminal Court judges.
Owls' offensive line coach Ronnie Vinklarek on the day he thought he scored a major recruiting coup
"I was at UH working for John Jenkins and I was recruiting ND Kalu. We were coming down the stretch to to signing day and I get a call from ND. He tells me that he's coming to Houston. I hung up quick and went to tell the other coaches about it. I was fired up that we had him. The next day, his high school coach called me and said in my excitement, I didn't hear the whole conversation. ND was coming to Houston, no doubt, but he was coming here to play for Rice. It's a lot funnier to tell now than it was at the time."
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