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    Florida, South Carolina top Baseball Coaches Poll

    A pair of SEC teams sit atop the 2012 USA Today/ESPN Coaches Preseason Poll, which was released on Thursday.



    Rank School 2011 Record Points Final 2011 Rank First Place Votes
    1. Florida 53-19 759 2 17
    2. South Carolina 55-14 740 1 12
    3. Stanford 35-22 646 13 1
    4. North Carolina 51-16 644 5 0
    5. Texas 49-19 629 7 0
    6. Texas A&M 47-22 608 6 1
    7. Rice 42-21 533 21 0
    8. Arkansas 40-22 470 23 0
    9. Florida State 46-19 469 9 0
    10. Georgia Tech 42-21 453 20 0
    11. TCU 43-19 420 19 0
    12. Vanderbilt 54-12 343 3 0
    13. Miami (Fla.) 38-23 338 24 0
    14. LSU 36-20 333 NR 0
    15. Oklahoma 41-19 281 NR 0
    16. Cal State-Fullerton 41-17 244 17 0
    17. Virginia 56-12 218 4 0
    18. UCLA 35-24 217 22 0
    19. Oregon State 41-19 214 11 0
    20. Arizona 39-21 210 25 0
    21. St. John's 36-22 207 NR 0
    22. California 38-23 181 8 0
    23. Clemson 43-20 180 16 0
    24. Louisville 32-29 176 NR 0
    25. Georgia 33-32 151 NR 0

    Others receiving votes (with 2011 record): UC-Irvine (43-18) 102; Connecticut (45-20-1) 29; Mississippi State (38-25) 28; Baylor (31-28) 27; Dallas Baptist (42-20) 25; Oregon (33-26) 24; Stetson (43-20) 23; Southern Mississippi (39-19) 20; Fresno State (40-16) 13; Kent State (45-17) 13; Oklahoma State (35-25) 12; East Carolina (41-21) 9; Troy (43-19) 9; North Carolina State (35-27) 8; Georgia Southern (36-26) 7; Creighton (45-16) 6; Ole Miss (30-25) 6; Missouri State (33-23) 6; Southern California (25-31) 6; Illinois (30-27) 5; Wichita State (39-26) 5; Alabama (35-28) 4; Belmont (38-26) 4; Coastal Carolina (42-20) 4; Pittsburgh (33-23) 4; Central Florida (39-23) 3; UNC-Wilmington (31-28) 3; Charleston (39-22) 1; Jacksonville (37-24) 1; James Madison (42-19) 1; Oral Roberts (39-22) 1; Southeastern Louisiana (35-22) 1; Stony Brook (42-12) 1.
     

    The USA TODAY/ESPN Board of Coaches is made up of 31 coaches at Division I institutions. All are members of the American Baseball Coaches Association. The board for the 2012 season: Terry Alexander, Jacksonville; John Anderson, Minnesota; Ed Blankmeyer, St. John's; Rob Cooper, Wright State; Sherman Corbett, Texas-San Antonio; Tim Corbin, Vanderbilt; Barry Davis, Rider; Greg DiCenzo, Holy Cross; Mike Gaski, UNC-Greensboro; Nino Giarratano, San Francisco; Gary Gilmore, Coastal Carolina; Keith Guttin, Missouri State; Danny Hall, Georgia Tech; Carlton Hardy, Savannah State; Donny Harrel, Seattle University; Loren Hibbs, Charlotte; Charlie Hickey, Central Connecticut State; George Horton, Oregon; Steve Jaksa, Central Michigan; Omar Johnson, Jackson State; Rick Jones, Tulane; John Musachio, Oakland (Mich.); Bobby Pierce, Troy; Gary Powers, Nevada; Mark Scalf, UNC-Wilmington; Jim Schlossnagle, TCU; Jim Schmitz, Eastern Illinois; Matt Senk, Stony Brook; Doug Smith, UC-Riverside; Steve Smith, Baylor; Bob Whalen, Dartmouth.