Croom on the Press Conference


Coach Sylvester Croom is circling the wagons, I guess you good say. Some tidbits from today’s press conference.

• Explaining a recent comment he made about being “the offensive coordinator”: “I’m the offensive coordinator, I’m the bus driver, I’m the equipment man, I’m the lawn guy, I’m the secretary, I’m everything. Because whatever’s not going right is me. And people, I constantly get the question, ‘What changes are we going to make?’ I’m not going to be making changes just to be making changes. I could get upset and go out there, ‘I’m going to put this player on the bench, or I’m going to get rid of this coach.’ But if I don’t see that as a problem, why do that?”

• On coaching staff changes: “If at the end of the season that needs to be done, I will do what needs to be done to keep our program. Right now, I don’t see that need, so I’m not going to do that.”

• On the offense: “I feel better about what we’re doing than at any time since I’ve been here. And that’s what’s frustrating about it, because I know what we’re doing is the right thing. We’re not getting executed, we’re having a combination of things happen  at different times.”

• “We’re frustrated right now, some things have not gone as we’d like them to go, not gone as we planned for them to go. Our payers and our coaches are working extremely hard, and we’re not getting the benefits out of the hard work right now, and that’s very frustrating.”

• On LSU’s defense: “They don’t have a (Glenn) Dorsey, a just absolutely devastating single guy like him, but I think they’re better defensively overall than they were last year.”

• Injuries: OL Michael Gates (hamstring) is day-to-day; K Eric Richards is practicing; everybody who played Saturday, with the exception of Gates, will practice today.

I’ll check back after practice.


24 Responses to “Croom on the Press Conference”

  1. diamondawg23 Says:

    What no changes are you blind ???? Execution is one thing flat out getting out performed is another. I guess we need to see them practice to see what we really have.

  2. 2thdoc Says:

    I think if we get beat 48-2 by LSU Crxxm would say “We played hard and I like the intensity that we showed near the end of the 4th quarter. Defensively we are still looking for leadership but we’ve been practicing hard.”

  3. thingreenline Says:

    He’s not going to come out and say, “There will be changes made at the end of the season.” That’s his way of sugar-coating it to get by through the season. He knows what’s up.
    Or at least I hope so…..

  4. theconquistador2 Says:

    Just heard a comment by Brian Bellick (sp?) and I think his comments sum up MSU pretty well. He said that if you have a strong offense, you’re always in the game. If you’ve got a strong defense with no offense, once you’re down 14 points a certain mind set takes over….

  5. carwwest Says:

    this just proves it his time to go…no more excuses or BS needs to be heard…send him packing at year’s end and get someone that can coach, that we know can coach….

  6. desertdog2005 Says:

    Yeah, Yeah get my hopes us and them watch us get crushed again. I know it is frustrating to the players as well as the other coaches. My heart and prayers go to the players and coaches and hopefully as this season plays itself out we will see some desperately need changes either as Head Coach or OC-hell fire the bus driver too-he should have took a left at Alburqueque-Bugs Bunny. Need to win 5 more to be bowl eligible and 6 to go to a bowl. I would not bet on us going bowling this year except at Bulldog lanes.

  7. deaddawg1 Says:

    “Not making changes for changes sake.” I agree with that! I thought the head coach made changes to improve the overall performance of the team. Does Croom not see the need for change? When things are not working, its time to try something different. Feeling good about what we are doing doesen’t cut it. Production is what we need on offence! If we don’t have the ability to manhandle the opponent, we need to use some imagination and finesse! This is what coaching is all about and I don’t see any of that by the Croom staff.

  8. lollipopkid Says:

    Skip Holtz, Lane Kiffin, Major Applewhite, Bobby Hall…

    …let the list begin. I’d love to get Kiffin or Applewhite because they are offensive specialists. I agree with Brian Billick. Even if you are just mediocre (see: Miss, Ole) offense puts butts in the seats and gets recruits excited. I’m tired of this defensive junk. That 3-2 game typifies the entire MSU experience. Let’s move on.

  9. carwwest Says:

    cant agree with applewhite or kiffin plus kiffin would not come to mississippi from oakland i dont think….my list without looking up all their names but the coaches from tcu, tulsa, byu, cincy, ecu, there are some others but these are proven HEAD coaches…i think thats what we need and i think we have a legitimate shot at getting any of these if we handle things the right way…

  10. thingreenline Says:

    All this is putting an additional meaning behind Croom’s “Say It Loud” segment that is still posted on the athletic department’s site.

  11. bulldog22 Says:

    Did anybody watch the Croom show? Croom is not happy, and he deserves more time this season. Alot of things happened inthe off season we lost some key players….give him time and quit the whining. Our time will come…..

  12. mississippibulldawg Says:

    He has had plenty of time. He got lucky last year by other teams bailing him out. I have supported Croom the whole time but our player’s aren’t being coached. It is obvious. The man is paid over 1 million dollars a year to a job and he isn’t doing it. That is the cold hard fact.

  13. ibdawg47 Says:

    bulldog 22 you must be a bit off center or an ole miss fan. Croom can coach at State for the next 10 yrs. and never have a winning season. You know if you have a winner in a coach after three years. Croom has shown he can not coach at the SEC level.

  14. spaceghost1 Says:

    What’s the deal with the love affair with Major Applewhite? Someone please tell me what he has accomplished. Stop mentioning his name, please. You’re making me sick. Saban axed him and now he’s the RB coach at TX. He played QB and is a RB coach? They don’t even need a RB coach at TX. Mack Brown felt sorry for him when Saban ran him off.

  15. carwwest Says:

    well said space….

  16. bantyrooster1 Says:

    Same old crap, same old excuses. I’m more tired of this routine than a toothless beaver at a woodchipping contest. GET RID of CROOM and it’ll GET BETTER ’cause it cannot get worse than it is RIGHT NOW. I watched the Weekly Walrus TV SHOW today and I’ve never seen anybody more uncomfortable than CROOM. He knows the end is near. BE the man that everybody thinks you are and WALK the heck AWAY.

  17. imabulldog Says:

    I still have to say guys, that I support Croom.

    I just can’t go against the guy, but I can go against members if his staff, and the people he has calling the shots.

    I have the feeling CC’s comments are a way to dance around questions that ARE probably ALREADY answered
    – by that I mean I think he knows McCorveys got to go
    – that he has to go get a capable and creative Coach who knows the system.
    – CC is not going to take any shots at anyones character.

    I still believe CC is a winner, and I’m not saying we will win this weekend, but I do think we’ll see some heart and pride from our boys for the remainder of the year-starting in Death Valley- where our boys will hang with LSU for the first time in forever.

    Call me delusional, but I like the guy…hold on let me get my umbrella out… There we go, now let it rain on me guys 🙂

  18. skydawg706 Says:

    I got to watch the entire GT & MSU game late nigt on TV.

    Like to apologize to Croom only in a limited sense….

    Our offense line was man-handled in the trenches – total penetration.

    Excluding the turnovers, without an offensive line that can open holes and protect the QB – it does not matter what offense is ran – it’s not going to work.

    I am afraid we will see the same thing again this weekend – our offensive line struggles again.

    The players are going to have to come alive and play ball – prove it has been minor mistakes – missed assigments – etc., etc. LSU would be a big win – time to prove you are good as Croom says you are.

  19. bantyrooster1 Says:

    I too admire Coach Croom for his character. He’s a class act. Family man and he’s dedicated to his beliefs. I just don’t think these qualities alone make him a good coach. His dedication to his assistant coaches is admirable but will be his downfall if he doesn’t see the light before the end of the season. I wouldn’t want his job. He’s going to need every bit of his character and class before this year’s ride is over.

  20. tebmsu97 Says:

    I couldn’t agree more with you rooster. If he doesn’t let go of his blind dedication to his staff, they will bring him down with them.

    One problem I think he has with getting rid of Woody though, he has always stated when asked about more black HC that teams need to hire more black coordinators. It will be going against that to fire Woody, even he is replaced by another black coach. Croom said it himself, he can’t fail because in his eyes that will close the door to future black coaches. I would have to think that he feels the same way about Woody, that him failing will shut the door for future black coordinators.

  21. darkcooger Says:

    tebmsu97: I believe it was Croom who said maroon was the only color that mattered. If he really believes that, he’ll realize that none of us care what color skin he or the offensive coordinator have. I only care what color carries home the victory, and right now that color is definitely not maroon.

  22. carwwest Says:

    i have often asked the question what other color means anything to crxxm??….the only way i think crxxm is going to save face is to get rid of wxxdy and the WCO…hire a proven OC and let him run his system…

  23. tebmsu97 Says:

    I just think, based on Croom’s comments, that it will be interesting to see how all this plays out. I don’t care if the coach is orange if he can put a decent offense on the field.

  24. skydawg706 Says:

    Woody cannot be the only black offensive coordinator in college football…

    TEBMSU – agree with ya — the only color that matters is “Maroon”.

    There more to it then self pride – school pride – fans are tired of excuses – fire the players if ya have to.

    When is MSU going to put it together – keep it together – be a contender every year to be delt – like other SEC teams.

    When is it going to be…….OUR TURN!

    Seems MSU has been in the rebuilding mode ever since I can remember.

    I have been throwing stones also….but win or loose I am a Bulldog fan by choice.

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