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SEC Headlines – 6/21/11 Part Three

1.  Mark Richt is currently on a mission trip in Honduras.

2.  Defensive back Victor Hampton — dismissed from South Carolina’s team last Thursday due to a violation of team rules — has now been reinstated.

3.  Tennessee’s Kenny Hall says he’s ready to be a leader for the basketball Vols.

4.  If the NBA draft were based upon production at the college level,’s Eamonn Brennan believes the SEC would be without a lottery pick.

5.  Another ex-Auburn footballer arrested for armed robbery has been denied youthful offender status.

6.  Legendary MSU broadcaster Jack Cristil talks about his fondest memory… and it comes from basketball.

7.  Feel the need to fight over the fate of what amounts to a giant stuffed animal?  Then head to Mississippi for the eight-city “Colonel Reb Road Tour.”

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MSU Broadcaster Cristil Retires

It’s a sad day for the SEC.  Longtime Mississippi State play-by-play man Jack Cristil announced last night that he is retiring Saturday after nearly 60 years as the voice of the Bulldogs.

Cristil said that a “deteriorating health situation” will require him to go on kidney dialysis.  “Doing this treatment will restrict me to the point where I cannot represent this university the way it should be represented.  And when I cannot do that, I have told many people over the years that I would step aside.  Now it’s time to step aside.”

Any time one of the league’s long-tenured announcers retires it’s a loss for the entire conference.  Fans literally grow up and grow old with men like Cristil serving as a neighborly connection between themselves and their favorite school.

In Cristil’s case, he called 636 Mississippi State football games from 1953 through 2010.  According to The Jackson Clarion-Ledger, that’s 59% of all the football games ever played by State.  His final call at Tennessee on Saturday will be his 1,538th men’s basketball game.

Unreal.  Best wishes to Cristil as he leaves the SEC to take care of his health.

Below are a few of his most-famous calls.  And you can wrap it in maroon and white.

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Dan Mullen Looks to Make Improvements During Bye Week; MSU News

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danmWell guys, as our MSU Bulldogsrest up, and prepare to get back to work during their bye week, there are a number of things that have to be going through the coaches’ and players’ minds. There’s no doubt that a strong 7-2 start has Starkville running over with confidence, but a Nov. 13th date in Tuscaloosa with the #6 Crimson Tide, is an rude reminder that the 2010 season is far from over. With that said, Dan Mullen said something during his talk with Jack Cristil on his coach’s show, that got me thinking. To paraphrase the 2nd year MSU coach, Mullen mentioned that he and his staff would spend this week evaluating areas that they can improve in, be it Offensively, Defensively, or on Special Teams. Along those same lines, Mullen mentioned examining what was working, and what wasn’t working so far this season, and determining whether or not those items would be implemented for the remainder of 2010.

So considering what Mullen had to say, what are some things that you feel are important to address, improve on, scrap, or clean up, during this bye week? I’ll share my mine tomorrow, but here’s some starting points for you guys…

  • Improvement on Defense? On Offense? Special Teams?
  • Improved passing attack?
  • More playing time for QB Tyler Russell?
  • Different personnel utilization?

Please share your thoughts, opinions, and some details describing ‘why’ you feel that way.

* Yesterday, I mentioned that I added a new addition to the site. It’s the SEC Digital Zone, which can be found on the right hand section of the site’s design. It is a blue colored, box display, that houses all kinds of highlights for SEC Sports. You can even customize your search by team, and individual plays in games. This is a useful tool, that provides about 2 to 3 minutes of replay material and video for all SEC games. And it shows you what you want to see, without ever taking you off of my site. You can even watch interviews, from our Bulldog coaches. Try it out and let me know what yall think?————>

_______MSU Items_______

Keep DE Nick Bell in your thoughts and prayers. It turns out that his cancer has spread, and has ‘turned for the worse.’ We all know God is able. Link

The Starkville Daily’s Matthew Stevens, had a good write up about what we might expect moving forward. Bowls, Bama, etc. Link

Here’s some Basketball scrimmage notes from Stevens as well. Bost, Lewis, and Bryant shine. Link

Renardo Sidney, learning the ropes. Link

Clarion Ledger article on Mullen’s desires for MSU Offense. Link

TV line-up for Nov. 13. State and Bama. Link

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