Andrew Lantrip and Houston continue to make big strides on the national stage, and join other quality programs on our Top 100 list, teams 21-30.


Top 100 Programs: 21-30

From time to time, it’s a good idea to step back from the day-to-day grind of college baseball and examine the bigger picture. The landscape of the sport has shifted in a huge way over the last decade, and many of the programs at the top of the college baseball world now were complete non-factors just 10 or 15 years ago.

So here is our attempt to rank the Top 100 College Baseball Programs of the current era. This exercise is not intended to predict how teams will fare in the 2016 season, so we won’t spend time evaluating the players currently in each program. Instead, we are assessing the overall health of the program, based on recent history, coaching staff quality, facilities, scholarship/financial aid situation, conference dynamics, and recruiting and player development proficiency.

For the purpose of this exercise, we don’t care what happened in the 1970s or 80s, or even the 90s — that’s ancient history to a potential recruit in 2015. Tradition is nice, but it’s more important to establish a tradition of consistent winning in the last decade, and especially in the last five years. Our ultimate goal here is to identify the programs in the best shape right now, with an eye toward the next five to 10 years.

SEE ALSO: Teams 91-100
SEE ALSO: Teams 81-90
SEE ALSO: Teams 71-80
SEE ALSO: Teams 61-70
SEE ALSO: Teams 51-60
SEE ALSO: Teams 41-50
SEE ALSO: Teams 31-40

30. Louisiana-Lafayette

ULLLogoThe Ragin’ Cajuns are in excellent hands with long-time head coach Tony Robichaux in charge. The Cajuns recently gave Robichaux a contract extension, and that’s good news. In addition to that, ULL is slated to rebuild its stadium into one of the better facilities in the region. The Cajuns have made postseason appearances four of the last five years, including earning a national seed in 2014 and making the Baton Rouge Super Regional last season. By the way, the Cajuns are slated to be a highly ranked team in 2016, too.

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