July 1, 2015

Darlington Raceway President Chip Wile on SportsTalk (AUDIO)

Darlington Raceway President Chip Wile.

Darlington Raceway President Chip Wile.

Every Tuesday we welcome into SportsTalk good friend, and President of Darlington Raceway, Chip Wile, to talk the weekends’ events on the NASCAR circuit and also keep everybody abreast as to what’s taking place at the Lady in Black.

Tonight we got a feel for what’s taking place at Darlington Raceway for the upcoming holiday as we celebrate America’s independence on Saturday.  Chip’s expecting roughly 25,000 to show up to the track for some fun.

We also talked a little racing with Chip as well.  The Busch brothers had major success in Sonoma last weekend.  Chip provided us with all the particulars from his perspective and the tear that Kyle has been on recently.

AUDIO: Chip Wile [9:00]

 

 

New College of Charleston baseball coach Matt Heath on SportsTalk (AUDIO)

Matt Heath joined SportsTalk for the first time as Cougar head coach Wednesday night.

Matt Heath joined SportsTalk for the first time as Cougar head coach Wednesday night.

Wednesday night we welcomed into the program for the first time new College of Charleston head baseball coach Matt Heath.

Heath was hired to replace Monte Lee, who filled the opening at Clemson following their dismissal of Jack Leggett.  Heath is responsible for taking over a program that was taken to new heights under the guidance of Lee.  In his 7 seasons at his alma mater, Lee took the Cougars to the postseason 4 times.

Tonight we discussed the whirlwind of emotions surrounding all the moves taking place in the college coaching ranks within the state, and his involvement in all the transition.  Coach Heath elaborated some on his close relationship with Lee, and how that’s affected him in his career.  He also educated us on his history as a player, and the guys who influenced him greatly growing up in the game at the level he’s now coaching.

Heath also took us behind the scenes during the transition period when the musical chairs got underway, and how his biggest mentor was involved in the process.  He discussed his relationship with his players, how he’ll attack the recruiting trail now as the head man, and even alluded to a series against his former head coach sooner rather than later.

AUDIO: Matt Heath [9:00]

Jack Leggett previews CWS Championship Game with SportsTalk (AUDIO)

Jack Leggett joined SportsTalk Wednesday to preview the CWS Championship.

Jack Leggett joined SportsTalk Wednesday to preview the CWS Championship.

Former Clemson baseball coach Jack Leggett was kind enough to join us on the program Wednesday night to break down tonight’s winner-take-all College World Series Championship Game between Vanderbilt and Virginia.

Leggett is quite the reference when it comes to these programs.  He spent 22 seasons as the head coach of the Tigers in the ACC where the Cavaliers reside and have been led by head coach Brian O’Connor, who’s battled Leggett in conference play since 2003.

The opposite dugout will host a man Leggett knows extremely well both professionally and personally, Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin.  Corbin is a former assistant of Leggett’s and is looking to lead the Commodore’s to the first run of back-to-back baseball titles since USC accomplished the feat a couple of years back.

We tried to get a prediction out of coach, but were, not surprisingly, unsuccessful.  We did, however, get incredible insight concerning the two squads playing in tonight’s matchup.  Coach also provided the latest going on in his world, personally and professionally, as well.

AUDIO: Jack Leggett [9:00]

 

 

Darlington President Chip Wile joins SportsTalk Tuesday night (AUDIO)

Darlington Raceway President Chip Wile.

Darlington Raceway President Chip Wile.

Every Tuesday we welcome into SportsTalk good friend, and President of Darlington Raceway, Chip Wile.

Wile is our go-to guy when it comes to analyzing the weekend’s events that took place on the track.

Chip has Goodyear coming back to his track next Tuesday to do some more testing, the first time he can remember a return trip for the tire company following a round of extensive testing.  Chip explains the rub in all of the rubber to us.

Wile has had a close relationship with Dale Earnhardt Jr for a long time.  Tonight we took an inside look into Jr’s engagement, and just how much the most popular driver in the sport’s life has changed in the past few years.

AUDIO: Chip Wile [8:00]

 

Coastal Carolina’s Cliff Ellis talks Chanticleers trip to Cuba on SportsTalk (AUDIO)

Coastal head coach Cliff Ellis joined SportsTalk Tuesday to talik Cuba.

Coastal head coach Cliff Ellis joined SportsTalk Tuesday to talik Cuba.

Tuesday night Coastal Carolina head basketball coach Cliff Ellis joined us on the program to discuss his squad’s trip to Cuba in August.  The Chanticleer basketball team will be the first college basketball team to ever visit the country, when they take on the Cuban National Team 3 times.

The NCAA allows every program an overseas trip once every four years.  Tonight Coach Ellis explained to us how the Chants came about to be the squad chosen to take the trip south.  Turns out some of coach’s old ties at Clemson were at work in making this thing happen.

Coach also explained to us how this trip will benefit his program in the long run, culturally and basketball-wise.  The NCAA has outlined a specific practice schedule that Coastal will abide by, etc.

During the course of our conversation, it dawned on Ellis that USC head coach Frank Martin could be quite the reference pre-trip for coach to lean on before making his way as well.

AUDIO: Cliff Ellis [8:00]