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Southern Miss AD to help decide NCAA baseball postseason bids

Southern Miss will have a voice in the room when bids are handed out for the NCAA's college baseball tournament over the next four years.

USM athletic director Bill McGillis will help determine future collegiate baseball tournament fields after being appointed to a four-year term on the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee, USM announced on Friday.

"I'm very honored to have been selected to serve on the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee," McGillis said in a press release. "In many ways, my appointment is really a tribute to Southern Miss and our great baseball tradition. I am looking forward to contributing in every way possible to advancing the great sport of college baseball. This is a terrific opportunity for which I am both truly humbled and excited and I can't wait to get started."

McGillis will be a part of the 10-person committee that selects the annual 64-school tournament field. His four-year tenure on the committee begins on Sept. 1 and continues through Aug. 31, 2020.

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The NCAA Division I Baseball Committee is responsible for selecting, seeding and bracketing the entire 64-team tournament field, which currently includes the automatic qualification of 31 conference champions with the remainder of the field selected as at-large choices by the committee.

The NCAA Division I Baseball Championship includes three rounds of play - the regionals, super regionals and Men's College World Series. The Men's CWS is held in Omaha, Neb., each year.

School and conference administrators are nominated by their conference.

USM is all but certain to earn a postseason bid when the 2016 tournament field is announced on Monday. The Eagles also have a shot to host an NCAA Regional with a strong close in this week's Conference USA Tournament in Hattiesburg.