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Rice Athletics Announces New Baseball Radio Show Featuring Owl Head Coach Wayne Graham
Owls' Legendary Baseball Coach Highlights Weekly Live Rice Baseball Program Set To Begin In March
Feb 08, 2011

HOUSTON, TX, (February, 8, 2011) - A new Rice baseball radio show featuring the Owls' legendary head coach Wayne Graham is set to debut in March and air live on a weekly basis, announced Director of Athletics Rick Greenspan Tuesday (Feb. 8) in conjunction with Rice Sports Properties, the multimedia rights partner for the University and IMG College property.

The Wayne Graham Radio Show presented by Waste Management, will air live from Prince's Restaurant near the Southwest Freeway and will be broadcast in the Houston area on 1560 AM The Game (KGOW), and around the world on RiceOwls.com.

A total of nine, hour-long shows over an 11-week span begin at 7 pm on March 7 and run through the remainder of the regular season. Coach Graham, with Rice baseball broadcaster David Brady, will review games from the previous weekend and preview upcoming series. In addition to discussions on college baseball's national rankings and chase for the Conference USA championship, each week's show will include current members of the team, former Owl players and special guests. There is also a segment for fans to ask Coach Graham a question. It's a unique opportunity for baseball fans to get direct insight from one of the college game's most successful icons.

"This is a great opportunity to increase the dialogue between Rice Baseball and its fans," said Coach Graham. "It is also a wonderful opportunity to increase the visibility of college baseball in Houston. I am looking forward to the show, and the upcoming season."

In a look at some of the current national preseason college baseball polls, the Owls are ranked 15th in the country by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), 17th in USA Today/ESPN, 18th by both Baseball America and CollegeBaseballLineup.com, and 21st according to Collegiate Baseball magazine.

Even with high preseason rankings, the team has a challenging 2011 season to prepare for in a short time. The Owls officially open the schedule with a three-game home series against nationally-ranked Stanford on Feb. 18-20.

In 2010 the Rice baseball team went 40-23 and advanced to an NCAA Regional for a 16th-straight year. The Owls have won at least 40 games in each of the last 16 seasons and have won or shared 15-consecutive conference championships (including regular season and/or conference tournament titles).

Season ticket plans for Rice's 32-game home baseball schedule are now on sale through the Rice Athletic Ticket Office and online at RiceOwls.com. Packages start as low as $125 for adult general admission tickets, while reserved seat options begin as low as $190.

There are some other updates pertaining to the Owls' baseball broadcasts this season. All broadcasts will begin with a 30-minute pregame show prior to the first pitch. All games will be broadcast on the internet (only) at RiceOwls.com. For fans attending the home games at Reckling Park, there will be a Rice radio broadcast available in the stadium (only) via a proximity-signal. This year a former Rice player will join the broadcasts for an inning. A postgame show will include live interviews with players and coaches.

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