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Hood To Leave; Ray Inheriting Bare Cupboard At MSU

When Mississippi State encouraged Rick Stansbury to retire last month, let’s hope the administration was prepared to through a complete and total rebuilding job.  Because if anyone in Starkville was hoping for a smooth transition from old coach to new coach, those hopes have surely been dashed by now.

Since Stansbury announced he was stepping down, Renardo Sidney and Arnett Moultrid decided to turn pro.  Freshman point guard DeVille Smith announced he would transfer.  Signee Josh Gray asked for his release from a signed letter of intent.  And last night Rodney Hood confirmed that he too is packing his bags and plans to depart Starkville.

Hood — the son of former Bulldog Ricky Hood — has reportedly not discussed transfer options, though The Jackson Clarion-Ledger listed Florida State and Louisville as potential landing spots for the guard.  As a freshman last season, Hood averaged 10.3 points and 4.8 boards per game.

Only one player from State’s five-man 2011 signing class is still on the team.  Only five scholarship players total are currently on the roster.  Of those five, only guard Jalen Steele has served as a part-time starter.  For new coach Rick Ray — who’s never before held a head coaching position at a college program — it’s going to be trial by inferno in 2012-13. 

Hood’s father said in an MSU-released statement that Ray should not be blamed for his son’s departure:


“This decision is nothing Coach Ray could have prevented.  In the short period of time we have gotten to know him, we feel he is the right person for this job.  But for Rodney, talk of transferring started two and a half months ago.  Right now, though, the situation is awkward, and we just feel it is time to move on.”


Hood echoed his father’s view with his own statement:


“It was just a long, tough year for me.  Coach Ray will be a great asset to Mississippi State and getting to know him last week made this decision even harder, but after much thought, I am going to ask for a release.  I wish my teammates and the program nothing but the best.”


Now Ray must build State’s program up from scratch.  The former Clemson assistant says he’s up for it: “I look forward to putting together a team with the current members, rolling up our sleeves and recruiting new Bulldogs.”

With so many defections, he’ll have to do just that.  One further concern — if the players leaving school in this wave aren’t in good academic standing, it could cost the Dogs’ in the future APR scores.

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SEC Headlines – 4/6/12 Part One

With a hectic day on the docket — and with one more piece on the Petrino situation coming up a little later — I wanted to dive right into the headlines for you.  Here goes:


1.  Alabama appears ready for its second spring scrimmage today.

2.  A congenital spinal condition has ended the playing career of Auburn linebacker Jawara White… which further thins the Tigers LB ranks. (Sad or the kid.)

3.  With the departure of Justin Hamilton, LSU basketball’s got a seven-foot hole to fill.

4.  Rick Ray has tabbed two assistants to join him at Mississippi State, but will Rodney Hood stick around to be coached by them?

5.  The football Bulldogs are set for their first big scrimmage of spring today.

6.  Ole Miss’ offensive line is still a work in progress… and here are some more practice notes.

7.  Here’s a Texas A&M practice notebook.

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MSU’s Program “Is Not In Shambles”

Renardo Sidney is leaving (good).  Arnett Moultrie says he’s leaving, too (bad).  Dee Bost has graduated (bad).  The presumed replacement at point guard, DeVille Smith, is also leaving (bad).  And at least one Mississippi State signee has asked for a release from his scholarship papers (bad).

Rodney Hood — the only starter set to return to the Bulldog roster next season — could also bolt.  His father Ricky Hood — himself a former MSU hoopster — says that he wants to see a good coach take over and talk his son into staying.

Either way, The Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports that Hood the Elder still believes MSU is a “good job” despite numerous mid-major coaches deciding to stay in their mid-major jobs and make mid-major money despite interest from State:


“Our program is not in shambles as some people make you believe.  We’re going to have a difficult year, regardless, like most programs do.  It’s going to be a different team.”


Shambles or not, AD Scott Stricklin is helping a lot of guys get raises this spring.

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SEC Headlines – 3/28/11 Part Two

1.  MSU signee Rodney Hood is the state of Mississippi’s Mr. Basketball.

2.  Dan Mullen let his QBs take some body blows in a weekend scrimmage.

3.  Ole Miss kicks of spring practice today.

4. David Lee says he probably won’t have a sure-fire starter at quarterback when spring drills wrap up.

5.  UM’s new offensive coordinator also says he’s throwing in “a lot of new pass concepts.”

6.  Florida had a 29-win season that ended in the Elite Eight… but they believe they could’ve done more.  (Have to admit, I like seeing the little guys like Butler in the Final Four, but it was sad to see UF lose.  That was a very likable team.)

7.  Chandler Parsons says next year’s Florida team can do well, too.

8.  Billy Donovan was proud of how his team came together.

9.  Backup defensive end Jeremy Longo will have to go on medical scholarship at Georgia… ending his career,


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SEC Headlines – 3/22/11 Part Three

1.  Will Ole Miss’ defensive backs be able to make strides this season?

2.  UM is waiting on word from the NCAA regarding a sixth season of eligibility for defensive end Kentrell Lockett.

3.  Brandon Maye — a three-year starter at linebacker for Clemson — plans to transfer to Mississippi State this summer after graduating.  (He could the Bulldogs starting middle linebacker in the fall.

4.  Dan Mullen says, “Brandon will transfer here within the very spirit of the NCAA post-graduate transfer rule as he begins his pursuit of his master’s degree.”

5.  The MSU basketball program is in need of clean-cut signee Rodney Hood.

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Stansbury Announces 2010-11 Signing Class

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State's 2010-11 signing class got off to a resounding start as the Bulldogs landed three of the Magnolia State's top players in wings Rodney Hood and D.J. Gardner and point guard Deville Smith, 13th-year MSU coach Rick Stansbury announced. All three are considered Top 100 players overall nationally.
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UK’s Standouts, Joker Phillips & Dan Mullen, Rodney Hood to MSU?

Mississippi State
Content provided by All Things Maroon – A MSU and SEC blog.

Hump day is here, which means we are half way to the weekend, and a match up with the UK Wildcats.

As far as Kentucky goes, I figured that today would be an excellent opportunity to get to know their playmakers, if you don’t already. Here’s my list of Big Blue’s standouts…

  • QB Mike Hartline- 2,144 yds, 17 TDs, 4 INTS, 67% Passer
  • WR Randall Cobb- 47 receptions, 511 yds, 5 TDs, 10.9 yd avg; Rushing- 32 rushes, 195 yds, 3 TDs, 6.1 avg; Passing- 4 of 6, 51 yds, 3 TDs
  • RB Derrick Locke-574 yds, 7 TDs, 5.3 yd avg; Receiving- 24 receptions, 225 yds, 9 yd avg uk-helmet
  • WR Chris Matthews-37 receptions, 565 yds, 7 TDs, 15 yd avg
  • WR La’Rod King-27 receptions, 337 yds, 5 TDs, 15 yd avg
  • PK Craig McIntosh- 8/10, 80%, Long of 50
  • LB Danny Trevathan- 81 Tackles, 9 TFL
  • FS Winston Guy- 54 Tackles, 2 INTs

Just to give you an idea where these guys are at amongst other SEC players: Locke is 2nd to only Cam Newton in rushing yards per game; Hartline is 3rd in Total Offense; Cobb is 2nd in receptions per game, Matthews is 5th, and Cobb is 9th; McIntosh is 4th in FGs; Derrick Locke is 5th nationally among All Purpose Runners, and 2nd in Conference; In that same column, Cobb is 8th nationally, and 3rd in Conference. Trevathan is 1st among SEC tacklers.

___UK___

Yesterday, I mentioned that Joker Phillips has a lot of guys beat up, but that are still hoping to play on Saturday. Many of those guys, including Cobb, Locke, and Matthews, took fewer reps than their teammates on Tuesday.

Joker Phillips on MSU: “When you watch those guys play against Florida they re-established the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. It will be physical. We did not win the physical battle (against Georgia), so that’s a huge goal in this game. (State) re-established the line of scrimmage and ran the ball for four, five or six yards a carry and then the third-and-six’s they had they ran the ball and if they didn’t get it they punted and played great defense. I expect them to try and run that ball, that’s what they do.”

With all of UK’s playmakers, Def. Coordinator Manny Diaz is really going to have to call a smart game. We’ve touched all week on how we struggle to defend well against the screen game, and surrender yardage in the underneath game. The Wildcats will probably be the most well-rounded Offense we will see this year. When you consider all the different ways an offense can attack you, it’s easy to admit that UK has all the tools to do just that. I just hope that PK Sean Brauchle has his directional kicking down pat, and that P Heath Hutchins is ready to help us win the field position battle.

___MSU___

Mullen on Tuesday’s Practice: “Tuesday is always a tough, physical day for us, and we got a lot of first down, play action stuff in. It was a good day. The defense did pretty good today. This is a tough, high-scoring, explosive offense so we’re going to have to play good defense to just contain them. I don’t know if you’re going to stop them, hopefully you just contain them.”

On Injuries: “It’s not just the one player, it’s the water-down effect. It’s an increased number of snaps for everybody and the chance of injuries increase. That’s the toughest thing. But our guys have battled through, and if we can get through this game we’ve got a chance to heal-up over the bye week.”

On Michael Carr: “It was great trying to get Michael Carr involved. He’s getting more and more confidence and you see that, not just touching the ball. He caused the game-winning fumble on the kickoff coverage, that comes with player development. As young players grow up they make those plays.”

On Nick Bell: “It’s good for our players to see him around. But it’s also great having Nick around the hotel with the team, in the Dog Walk, and being around the team as much as possible. It keeps his spirits up. He has a tougher schedule than we do.”

-Ballard and Brignone, were involved in the entire practice.

MSU LB Chris Hughes has been suspended by the SEC, for Saturday’s match up with the Wildcats. Hughes was found in violation, when he targeted a UAB player’s head when making contact, last week. Mullen: “We coach our players on these situations-how to lead with your shoulder, make sure you wrap up and see the front of the jersey-not only to avoid pointless penalties, but to make sure everyone is safe on the field. This is a teachable moment for Chris and our entire team. He’ll face the consequences for his actions and learn from it.” Hughes is a Freshman, and earned his first playing time during the Alcorn State week. He has recorded 5 tackles in 4 games, and serves as a back up. The SECdeemed his hit as a “flagrant, unsportsmanlike act.” Did anyone catch Mullen’s hand shake with Callaway at the end of the game? No words, just a quick shake, and the Blazer coach sprinted off. I don’t know if he was upset about the hit, or how his team lost.

 

_______MSU Basketball_______

Today could be a big day for MSU Basketball, as Rodney Hood is set to make his commitment at noon. Hood, just as any top recruit, had quite a list of schools on his radar, but has since narrowed his choices down to Louisville, Mississippi State, Florida State, Alabama, and Marquette. Hood is rated as a 4 Star, and as the #13SF in the country. His size and length would greatly benefit any college team, measuring in at 6-8, 175 lbs. MSU is greatly in need of a strong 2011 class, and Hood would be a great addition to Stansbury’s first 2011 recruit, in Deville Smith ( 3 Star, #24 PG). So Buzzard, keep us posted. 

The Starkville Daily News’ Matthew Stevens, has a great piece on the 2010-2011 Bulldog Basketball Team. Stansbury, recently addressed members of the Starkville Rotary Club, and shared his insights for this year’s team. Link 

 

Anyway, which aspect of UK’s Offensive attack are you most worried about?

Which aspect is the most important to stop, their rushing game or passing game?

Personally, I really think we’ll be able to run our Offense, and run it well.

That’s all today boys!

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UK’s Standouts, Joker Phillips and Dan Mullen, Rodney Hood to MSU?

Mississippi State
Content provided by All Things Maroon – A MSU and SEC blog.

Hump day is here, which means we are half way to the weekend, and a match up with the UK Wildcats.

As far as Kentucky goes, I figured that today would be an excellent opportunity to get to know their playmakers, if you don’t already. Here’s my list of Big Blue’s standouts…

  • QB Mike Hartline- 2,144 yds, 17 TDs, 4 INTS, 67% Passer
  • WR Randall Cobb- 47 receptions, 511 yds, 5 TDs, 10.9 yd avg; Rushing- 32 rushes, 195 yds, 3 TDs, 6.1 avg; Passing- 4 of 6, 51 yds, 3 TDs
  • RB Derrick Locke-574 yds, 7 TDs, 5.3 yd avg; Receiving- 24 receptions, 225 yds, 9 yd avg uk-helmet
  • WR Chris Matthews-37 receptions, 565 yds, 7 TDs, 15 yd avg
  • WR La’Rod King-27 receptions, 337 yds, 5 TDs, 15 yd avg
  • PK Craig McIntosh- 8/10, 80%, Long of 50
  • LB Danny Trevathan- 81 Tackles, 9 TFL
  • FS Winston Guy- 54 Tackles, 2 INTs

Just to give you an idea where these guys are at amongst other SEC players: Locke is 2nd to only Cam Newton in rushing yards per game; Hartline is 3rd in Total Offense; Cobb is 2nd in receptions per game, Matthewsis 5th, and Cobb is 9th; McIntoshis 4th in FGs; Derrick Locke is 5th nationally among All Purpose Runners, and 2nd in Conference; In that same column, Cobb is 8th nationally, and 3rd in Conference. Trevathan is 1st among SEC tacklers.

___UK___

Yesterday, I mentioned that Joker Phillips has a lot of guys beat up, but that are still hoping to play on Saturday. Many of those guys, including Cobb, Locke, and Matthews, took fewer reps than their teammates on Tuesday.

Joker Phillips on MSU: “When you watch those guys play against Florida they re-established the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. It will be physical. We did not win the physical battle (against Georgia), so that’s a huge goal in this game. (State) re-established the line of scrimmage and ran the ball for four, five or six yards a carry and then the third-and-six’s they had they ran the ball and if they didn’t get it they punted and played great defense. I expect them to try and run that ball, that’s what they do.”

With all of UK’s playmakers, Def. Coordinator Manny Diazis really going to have to call a smart game. We’ve touched all week on how we struggle to defend well against the screen game, and surrender yardage in the underneath game. The Wildcats will probably be the most well-rounded Offense we will see this year. When you consider all the different ways an offense can attack you, it’s easy to admit that UK has all the tools to do just that. I just hope that PK Sean Brauchle has his directional kicking down pat, and that P Heath Hutchins is ready to help us win the field position battle.

___MSU___

Mullen on Tuesday’s Practice: “Tuesday is always a tough, physical day for us, and we got a lot of first down, play action stuff in. It was a good day. The defense did pretty good today. This is a tough, high-scoring, explosive offense so we’re going to have to play good defense to just contain them. I don’t know if you’re going to stop them, hopefully you just contain them.”

On Injuries: “It’s not just the one player, it’s the water-down effect. It’s an increased number of snaps for everybody and the chance of injuries increase. That’s the toughest thing. But our guys have battled through, and if we can get through this game we’ve got a chance to heal-up over the bye week.”

On Michael Carr: “It was great trying to get Michael Carr involved. He’s getting more and more confidence and you see that, not just touching the ball. He caused the game-winning fumble on the kickoff coverage, that comes with player development. As young players grow up they make those plays.”

On Nick Bell: “It’s good for our players to see him around. But it’s also great having Nick around the hotel with the team, in the Dog Walk, and being around the team as much as possible. It keeps his spirits up. He has a tougher schedule than we do.”

-Ballardand Brignone, were involved in the entire practice.

MSU LB Chris Hughes has been suspended by the SEC, for Saturday’s match up with the Wildcats. Hughes was found in violation, when he targeted a UAB player’s head when making contact, last week. Mullen:“We coach our players on these situations-how to lead with your shoulder, make sure you wrap up and see the front of the jersey-not only to avoid pointless penalties, but to make sure everyone is safe on the field. This is a teachable moment for Chris and our entire team. He’ll face the consequences for his actions and learn from it.” Hughes is a Freshman, and earned his first playing time during the Alcorn State week. He has recorded 5 tackles in 4 games, and serves as a back up. The SECdeemed his hit as a “flagrant, unsportsmanlike act.” Did anyone catch Mullen’s hand shake with Callaway at the end of the game? No words, just a quick shake, and the Blazer coach sprinted off. I don’t know if he was upset about the hit, or how his team lost.

 

_______MSU Basketball_______

Today could be a big day for MSU Basketball, as Rodney Hood is set to make his commitment at noon. Hood, just as any top recruit, had quite a list of schools on his radar, but has since narrowed his choices down to Louisville, Mississippi State, Florida State, Alabama,and Marquette. Hood is rated as a 4 Star, and as the #13SF in the country. His size and length would greatly benefit any college team, measuring in at 6-8, 175 lbs. MSU is greatly in need of a strong 2011 class, and Hood would be a great addition to Stansbury’s first 2011 recruit, in Deville Smith ( 3 Star, #24 PG). So Buzzard, keep us posted. 

The Starkville Daily News’ Matthew Stevens, has a great piece on the 2010-2011 Bulldog Basketball Team. Stansbury, recently addressed members of the Starkville Rotary Club, and shared his insights for this year’s team. Link 

 

Anyway, which aspect of UK’s Offensive attack are you most worried about?

Which aspect is the most important to stop, their rushing game or passing game?

Personally, I really think we’ll be able to run our Offense, and run it well.

That’s all today boys!

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