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■ Texas A&M athletics director
Wally Groff has announced some
new opportunities and additions to
the Olsen Field facility.
I “Our baseball program has won
bipck-to-back Big 12 Champi-
olships and the interest level is at
an all-time high,” Groff said. “We
set a record for season tickets sold
last season and it looks like we
may break that mark this year. In an
effort to reward the season-ticket
holder, we have instituted parking
Pcisses for the lots surrounding
Olsen Field. Because of the de
mand, we have to utilize part of Ag
gie Alley for reserved parking."
1 Fans will have the opportunity to
purchase 50 reserved spaces in
Hpgie Alley.
■ The students with an all-sports
puss may purchase a space for
$50. The general public may pur
chase a space for $100.
Each vehicle has to fit in one
parking space. The revenue gener
ated will be put back into amenities
for Aggie Alley such as barbecue
pits and additional picnic tables.
Forms for the 50 reserved
spaces in Aggie Alley are available
at the athletic ticket office in the
lobby of G. Rollie White Coliseum.
Office hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fans need to leave a credit card
number to guarantee a spot for the
The lottery will be held Thursday,
Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. in room 30 of
Rudder Tower and individuals will
be able to choose their reserved
Fans who purchase a space and
do not have season tickets, or stu
dents without an all-sports pass,
must purchase a general admis
sion ticket to watch the games from
Aggie Alley. Fans may move be
tween Aggie Alley and the stadium.
Players’ association files
grievance against MLB
I NEW YORK. (AP) — As the Atlanta
Braves returned to Turner Field on Tues
day to start winter workouts, the play-
er^ association Filed
a grievance to over
turn John Rocker's
I “I'm glad there's
finally a decision,”
Braves manager Bob
by Cox said, a day af
ter commissioner Bud
Selig banned Rocker
fri'in joining the team until May I because
ol disparaging comments against homo
sexuals, minorities and foreigners.
I “Maybe we can get this behind us
one of these days,” Cox said.
I The players' union asked arbitrator
Shy am Das to “rescind the discipline,”
fully aware that many suspensions by
baseball commissioners have been over
turned or shortened.
Aggies return home to face Bears
“The discipline is without just
cause,” the union said in a letter sent to
Selig’s office. It was unclear when a
hearing will be held.
Richard Moss, the association’s for
mer top lawyer, said he was surprised
Selig ruled Monday without a consensus
on the punishment, which also included
a $20,000 fine and sensitivity training.
“For the commissioner's office to
just do something without consulting the
players' association, without consulting
Rocker and without reaching agreement
on what was acceptable to everybody
was kind of stupid,” Moss said in a tele
phone interview from New York.
“What Rocker did was very wrong.
The question is: What's the appropriate
way of dealing with it? It should have
been worked out with all the parties
rather than a confrontational way. It’s
very stupid for the commissioner's of
fice to do it this way.”
The Battalion
It is finally February. For the Texas A&M men’s bas
ketball team, that means a small break after the Aggies’
grueling January schedule which pitted them against
the top teams in the Big 12 Conference.
This month A&M (6-12 overall, 2-5 Big 12) will
not be facing as many schools with dominating records
and national rankings. However, the Aggies will have
to play each game with the intensity that allowed them
to play 40 minutes against four Top 25 teams.
The Aggies will close out the first half of confer
ence action and open their February schedule Wednes
day when they tip off against Baylor University at 7
p.m. in Reed Arena.
While January was tough for the Aggies, it was just
plain rough on the Bears (10-8, 1-6) who only won a
single game during the month.
“We can't look at the records,” senior forward Aaron
Jack said. “We have to come out with the same fire that
we would if we were playing a ranked team.”
The Bears are one of the few conference teams that
does not have more depth than the young Aggie line up.
BU’s front five are dangerous enough, with three play
ers scoring in double digits.
Tevis Stukes leads the Baylor line up. The senior
guard is the top perimeter shooter in the conference,
averaging over three 3-pointers and 17 points per
In the paint, the Bears are led by junior forward
Terry Black, who is nearly averaging a double
double with over 14 points and nine rebounds per
Look for the Aggies to take it to the Bears from all
aspects of the court. In recent conference action, A&M
has built its inside game to be an effective complement
to its strong perimeter.
Most recently against Missouri, the Aggie forwards
(Aaron Jack and Tomas Ress) led the scoring for A&M.
a switch from the usual domination by the Aggie fresh
men guards.
Baylor has dropped its last 18 Big 12 road matches,
but sees A&M as the place to break the streak.
“We have to make sure we don't underestimate
them. I’m sure Baylor would look at their schedule and
say that if we’re going to get a win on the road this
would be a good place to try and get one,” A&M men’s
basketball coach Melvin Watkins said. “We just have
to make sure we come out and play. Baylor is a dan
gerous team for us.”
The Bears are coming off a season-low .262 shoot
ing performance from the field, hitting only 17 of 65
against Oklahoma State University while A&M is
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A&M sophomore guard Andy Leatherman tries to drive around an Oklahoma State defender
during the Aggies’ 64-59 win over the Cowboys Jan. 22 at Reed Arena.
coming off a pair of road losses.
For both teams, this first February contest is a must-
win situation if they hope to take advantage ofthe slight
break in their schedules.
“We have to have a passion to win this game. This
is definitely one of those games you have to win,” Jack
said. “We don't want to be the end of a streak [BU’s
road-loss record] like that.”
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