Croom: On Lee, Urgency, and Middle Tennessee


MSU coach Sylvester Croom on this morning’s teleconference:

• On QB Tyson Lee and his sprained MCL: “He’s a little sore, but we expect him to be able to go this week. We’ll just take it day-by-day and see where he is.”

• On Lee’s three interceptions and other miscues against Tennessee: “He wasn’t as sharp as he normally is, some of it had to do with his drops. I think some of that, I don’t think there’s any question that the injury had a negative effect on him. I can just see some things in his delivery, particularly on his first throw to B-Mac (Brandon McRae) on the post pattern, he didn’t step and set on the throw.”

• On keeping his players’ spirits up: “The biggest thing is we continue to talk to them about taking it one day at a time. The only way to get out of this bad feeling is to win a ballgame. Winning always feels good. When you win, the bad feeling’s over.”

• On Middle Tennessee State: “I haven’t studied their offense quite as much yet. Looking at their defense, they’re a very fast football team. They play a lot of schemes, different eight-man fronts. Their kids play extremely hard, a very talented defensive front, a good LB in No. 44 (Danny Carmichael). They’re sound, well-coached.”

• On CB Tay Bowser, who didn’t make the trip to Knoxville: “Right now Tay is trying to figure out how he wants to approach things. We’ve got to make some decisions about him right now.”

• On what UT coaches told him after the game: “They thought our game plan was one of best they’ve seen all year, we just didn’t make plays early.”

• On playing at MTSU next year: “The schedule is what it is. We made the schedule, and I don’t have a problem playing anywhere, anytime. Doesn’t bother me.”

• On his team’s sense of urgency: “There’s no question, there’s been a sense of urgency for some time now. We’re trying to get back on track and get on a roll where we can get ourselves a shot at getting to a bowl game.”


14 Responses to “Croom: On Lee, Urgency, and Middle Tennessee”

  1. BirdZ! Says:

    “On what UT coaches told him after the game: “They thought our game plan was one of best they’ve seen all year, we just didn’t make plays early.””

    Followed by:

    “Seriously, Coach Crxxm. Don’t change a thing. We like having you coaching in the SEC.”

  2. imabulldog Says:

    Well, for once, we actually had a great game plan-and for once we actually did lack execution.

    Two better throws by Lee, better O-line play, and a kicker who’s “worth a dang” equal different results.

    I was shocked at how good we came out, but just as much in how we “sucked” it up in the 2nd half

  3. imabulldog Says:

    2 Thoughts…

    (1) We need to recruit about 15 O-Lineman
    (2) Carroll’s career is far from over at State, I know Im a leading advocate for Lee, but Wes-if he has the character I think he has, will bounce back (eventually-maybe next yr), and contribute to our team.
    *That of course said-if we need him, HELLO-Jeremy Russell!!!! 🙂

  4. BirdZ! Says:

    I think it’s Tyler Russell, ima.

  5. tupelobizbuzz Says:

    “We’re trying to get back on track and get on a roll where we can get ourselves a shot at getting to a bowl game….”

    Oh, that’s really funny.

    I think that sense of urgency should have started back during Week 1. And that goes to the coaching staff.

  6. imabulldog Says:

    Then…Tyler Russell!!!! 🙂


  7. deaddawg1 Says:

    I thought a good game plan was when you win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    On execution: Coaches blame losses on lack of execution. I say lack of coaching leads to poor execution. Coaches are susposed teach execution and practice until it’s there! Do you guys have a different definition?

    Needless to say, I lost hope for Croom sometime ago. It is my hope that he will do a self evalution of the job he is not doing and do the honorable thing and resign. I think our AD would be receptive to fair compensation settlement in order to end this terrible situation and move on.

  8. carwwest Says:

    like i have said so many times before, crxxm’s answers in interviews are just a big case of word vomit…there is NO logic behind anything he has to say or in the way he coaches…

    i do actually agree with ima that carroll will play effectively again for us before his career is over…crxxm is just using lee’s knee as another excuse but to me lee looked like he was moving around fine the rest of the game and said it himself…lee is not a SEC QB, just isnt…not saying carroll is great but i think there is more upside with him with coaching, oh wait nevermind…but hell, put relf in and do some QB draws and some option stuff, once again, oh wait no coaching…crxxm is not going to turn anything around and i think whoever watched the game this last weekend could tell the team completely shut down after the second pick six…i think that will start to happen more and more with this team since we dont have an offense…

  9. thingreenline Says:

    What’s the deal with Bowser?

  10. maroon1white Says:

    I wouldn’t doubt it if Bowser got pissed, questioned Croom, and got (behind the scenes) suspended. But thats just my guess.

  11. skydawg706 Says:

    Talked to a few folks that attended the UT game MSU fans as well as UT fans – that played football at one level or another.

    Overall observation: Not putting hinm down, but Tyson cannot see the players.

  12. carwwest Says:

    i agree skydawg…

  13. skydawg706 Says:

    I tried watching the rerun game on TV…..still cannot get past the 4th qtr….

    Tyson looked good at some points but not only could he not see our players (receivers) could not see over our line – on the long interception return – I do not think he could see the defense guy coming across for the offense lineman doing his thing (pass blocking).

    Tyson looked like he has a strong arm – throws hard – think he could throw the long ones – get timing down.

    REGARDLESS – love my Dawgs – cannot help it – fly my colors win or lose – unlike some teams only fly their colors win they win (Ole Miss, Bama).

  14. bantyrooster1 Says:

    The game this weekend will determine the fate of Coach Croom. If we win, and we know we should, then we’re stuck with him at least another year. If we lose, then he needs to stand up and be the man that many claim he is and announce his resignation at the end of the season. He’s always talking about “the plan” this and “the plan” that and sticking to “the plan”. Losing to MTSU isn’t in “the plan” I hope.
    I’m afraid this is another one of those situations where we can’t win for losing. Win the game, keep Croom. Go Dawgs.

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