Where are the bells and whistles for Jones at Tulane?

Tulane athletics has started the new year with a missed opportunity. And, it was a big miss.
 
On the first Friday of the new year, former baseball coach Rick Jones was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Anaheim, California.
 
Jones is most deserving of the honor.
 
He coached the Green Wave to 12 NCAA tournaments. He won Conference USA titles in 1997, 1998, 2001 and 2005. Under his predecessor Joe Brockhoff, Tulane baseball was a very good program. Rick Jones raised the bar.
 
In 2005, he did something that may never again be done in the history of Tulane athletics: The Green Wave baseball team was ranked preseason No. 1 in the country.
 
Jones led Tulane to the College World Series in 2001 and 2005. In 2001, the first game of the CWS provided an unreal image for Tulane baseball fans. Jones was on the field, shaking hands with George W. Bush as the president threw out the first pitch.
 
Any coach with that résumé should at least get a mention from his university, don’t you think? But, as of late Sunday night, Jan. 8, there was no recent acknowledgment on the Tulane website.
 
If you jog through the Tulane website, there’s a story dated July 26, with a press release announcement of Jones’ pending induction. But, since then, crickets.
 
Where are the pictures from the induction ceremony?
 
Where’s the video? Where’s the quotes from a baseball coach who won more than 800 games? Jones deserved better.
 
In 2001, Jones and the Green Wave provided the school with one of its greatest achievements. Before an overflow crowd at Zephyr Field, Tulane won the last two games of a best-of-three Super Regional series against LSU to earn the right to go to Omaha for the first time. That steamy Sunday afternoon at Zephyr was the final game for LSU head coach Skip Bertman.
 
Jones and the Green Wave had not only slain the giant of Louisiana college baseball but also eliminated the defending College World Series champions. And, Bertman did the classy thing. He asked Jones for a chance to speak to the Tulane team.
 
Tulane athletics hasn’t had many salad days. In fact, the big ones you could count and still have fingers and toes left over.
 
Rick Jones was responsible for many of those. That Tulane isn’t celebrating him is a head scratcher. A real swing, and miss.
 
Ed Daniels is sports director of ABC26 WGNO. He can be reached at edaniels@clarionherald.org.

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