Thursday, June 28, 2012

Fagan Sisters Find New Homes

Those of you that follow softball (or my Twitter or Facebook feed), may recall an incident involving the Florida Gators softball team towards the beginning of the college softball postseason.

Three Gator starters, 3B Sami Fagan; RF Kasey Fagan; and SS Cheyenne Coyle, were dismissed from the team before the postseason even began, leading some to speculate as to why coach Tim Walton would jeopardize his team’s chances to advance to the Women’s College World Series in such a way.

Several rumors were spread around, although most lacked any ounce of credibility. But one thing was confirmed by Sami Fagan herself: the three players would not only never wear a Gator uniform again, their studies at the University of Florida were finished, as well.

After a few days that included the deletion or deactivation of all Lady Gator Facebook and Twitter accounts, including those of the dismissed players, things quieted down and, after the season’s end, some of the accounts began to re-appear. Sami Fagan recreated her Facebook page, as well as re-activated her Twitter account.

Kasey Fagan and Coyle were exiting their sophomore years, while Sami had finished her freshman season. As all three are talented players, it was obvious that they would be playing somewhere next season; the only question was where?

That question was answered last week. Through a series of Tweets from Sami Fagan and third Fagan sister Haley, it was announced that Sami would be transferring to SEC newcomer Missouri, while Kasey would be attending the University of Arkansas and become a Razorback.

Per NCAA rules, as inner-conference transfers, both of them will have to sit out next season before being eligible to play in 2014.

Coyle will be attending Arizona State University. With the graduation and departure of Player of the Year finalist Katelyn Boyd, Coyle could move into the Sun Devil starting lineup with ease. She will be eligible to play right away next season.

1 comment:

  1. I was a fan of all 3 players. I am very curious as to what happened. All 3 players seemed to play hard, were very dedicated to the team, and were good teammates. Best of luck to you ladies! Ryan in CA