Felker, Lee on Croom


We also spoke with running backs coach – and now interim head coach – Rockey Felker and quarterback Tyson Lee this afternoon about Sylvester Croom‘s resignation. Some excerpts, first from Felker:

• “This isn’t the first time I’ve been through something like this. It’s the way coaching is. I’ve been in situations three different times very similar to this. I guess he looked at me and thought I’d be more prepared than anybody.”

• “We’ve had a good recruiting year up ‘til now, we’ve got to really continue to sell our university, our program. Coach Croom, obviously he’s done a lot of great things, built the program. He left it in a lot better shape than he found it in.”

• On talking with Croom: “We didn’t have a very long conversation, but he seemed to be handling it about as well as he could. He just basically thanked me for what I put into it, and I relayed to him what I thought of him, and how appreciative I was of the opportunity to work under him. He did a lot of great things for Mississippi State, representing the university well. He certainly leaves it in better shape than he found it in.”

• “Coach Croom was the same behind closed doors as you saw him, as everybody saw him. He was the same person, he wasn’t into any faking or anything.”

Now, some thoughts from Lee:

• “I guess surprised and hurt, a combination of the two. I asked him if he was for real. We talked about it a little bit, and he said he felt like that was the best decision that should be made.”

• On what he’d tell recruits: “Go where you feel led to go. If you feel like Mississippi State’s the place you want to be, come. I feel like Coach Croom has done a great job with the things that he’s built in the program, and those things will continue to stand no matter who the coach is. So we say, if you want those things to be a part of your life and to be a part of the person you become, please come.”

• On the timing of Croom’s resignation: “If it were to happen, which I don’t like that it did happen, I guess maybe now is better. I don’t think there’s really ever a good time for something like this to happen.”

36 Responses to “Felker, Lee on Croom”

  1. skydawg706 Says:

    With Croom (and others coaching staff) leaving, could TL be worried about his job also.

  2. joekstewart Says:

    I wonder what Anthony, Arnil, and other “proven” players thing?

  3. diamondawg23 Says:

    Let’s not even talk about players who should be worried. They will all have to earn their spots back. I do wish Tyson would grow to about 6’3 this summer.

  4. ericintupelo Says:

    We might see alot of changes to our team. Dixon is talented but I think Ducre who pretty much vanished runs harder and more north south. I’m not saying he needs to start over Dixon but Croom was a running backs coach in the NFL and he never could teach Dixon how to quit bouncing around like a scat back. Who knows what kind of offensive mind set we will have now? There are a lot of questions that we will all have and all I care about is having a winning team that plays with character and plays hard every game.

  5. mathistondawg Says:

    I wish CC all the best. I hate that it came to a resignation rather than an adjustment. I hope that we can go and find someone who can build on the foundation CC left us with.

  6. joekstewart Says:

    With a new coach next year, it might be like Ole Miss this year. Coach O left a great class to Nutt. And Croom left talent, we just need an o-line and a quarterback

  7. ericintupelo Says:

    I also hope we can get a good special teams coach. We gave up alot of points with poor special teams play. One good thing about Jackie and please don’t blow up on me for mentioning his name but our special teams play was good when he was our coach. We could block fieldgoals and punts, and could return kicks, and punt the ball and make field goals

  8. joekstewart Says:

    We only return, what two special teams plays for TD, one field goal block, several return on us, and etc… We need a SP team guy.

  9. chrisfromcorinth Says:

    Special Teams, bring back Beamers boy, Shane.

  10. ericintupelo Says:

    We used Shane as a running backs coach when he was here. It would be nice though if he learned from his dad

  11. imabulldog Says:

    Hey Guys, talkin Qb’s

    I saw Tyler Russel last night, in the slop, and mud- he is every bit he’s cracked up to be. He’s gonna bring down SPU next week too!

    I also have a close friend who owns a bookie business, where Russell’s grandad frequents. They talked today, and the grandad said CC had already called Tyler, encouraging him still to come to state. If he has a line and 2 Wr’s he could shatter records

  12. ericintupelo Says:

    Russel is what like 6’4 and stands tall in the pocket. That would def help to have a quarterback that can see even though I like Tyson I just wish he could grow. Only knock on Russel is he is a true pocket passer but has one of the strongest arms in the country.

  13. imabulldog Says:

    He can run, don’t let what some say fool ya. He’s 6’4 and covers ground pretty quick. He’ll be perfect for 3 and 1,2 situations. NFL arm, on the money, doesn’t make stupid or risky throws

  14. imabulldog Says:

    the kid will be our ELI, as bad as it sounds 🙂

  15. ericintupelo Says:

    Thats good. Saw on Scout.com that Cox and Phillips are both disappointed about Croom. Can’t read the whole story though since I’m not a member. Heard anything ima?

  16. ericintupelo Says:

    39 tds and only 5 pics are pretty good numbers. I don’t think we’ll miss Garrett too much and Russel is rated higher anyway. No chance I’m afraid to get Patterson back and there is rumors that Pernell McFee is gonna visit Michigan now. Bumphis is Florida or Bama bound but he could spread the field for us and get immediate playing time at State

  17. scdawg Says:

    All of this is great but these guys won’t produce for us for a couple of years. We need a coach that can motivate what we have and produce.
    I say Danny Ford.

  18. imabulldog Says:

    naw, I use this page only because it’s free. Hope we can hold to Atleast 2/3 of the verbals, otherwise we’ll be in the 30’s or 40’s by signing day.

    Would be great to get a high caliber coach his is bringing some recruits with him as well.

    I’d love to have a coach like Paterson or Peterson, who’d bring their own coaching staff and a couple of recruits!

  19. imabulldog Says:

    Shoot, Tyler could play almost immediately

  20. imabulldog Says:

    I see what you are saying tho, SCdawg

  21. jcdawgman18 Says:

    I know and played with Tyler his sophomore year, my senior year, and we all better hope he likes this hire and sticks to us. Otherwise, I can guarantee you we will royally suck next year and probably the year after.

  22. scdawg Says:

    I know Tyler and Russell are great but it they dont block the front 5 or have a line that do so they are no better than what we have.

  23. scdawg Says:

    I know they are the same guy that is my point.

  24. skydawg706 Says:

    In reading a few news articles on Croom and Byrne meeting, reading between the lines, get the feeling Croom was asked to make changes to his coaching staff (stay on), but Croom was not willing (resign).

    Bryne: “We talked about a lot of different ideas (staff changes) and coach Croom was open to a lot of different ideas (except one maybe),” Byrne said in a conference call with reporters. “The final idea was where we landed.

    Head Coach for sure is a tough job – one I would not want. Whichever coach inherits Croom’s spot has work to do (miracle worker).

  25. skydawg706 Says:

    Rumors flying everwhere:

    Sun-Herald: Mississippi State appears to have a successor in mind. Tommy Bowden, who resigned from Clemson mid-season, also coached at Tulane. Bowden left Clemson in October. [ Please, no way. Rather have his Dad (FSU) ].

  26. scdawg Says:

    I have been in the middle of some Clemson and Carolina Fans all day both making jokes about us. I promise you we dont want Tommy – not a motivator – don’t wan’t the ole ball coach either, give us someone that can motivate the troops and and make them want to play ball not joke around on the sidelines and in practice.

  27. imabulldog Says:

    We’ll see soon enough. Just don’t want us to be too haste in this decision, throw the old “who’d like to coach in the SEC” bait out there and see who bites

  28. imabulldog Says:

    I want Tubbs, I can’t help it

  29. carwwest Says:

    i really hope there isnt much to the dooley rumor…we can do better….dont really want bowden either….

    man byrne has done very VERY well up to this point and he has a great opportinuty to get a great hire…..COME ON BYRNE, GET THE RIGHT GUY!!!!

  30. imabulldog Says:

    and in the name that all that is HOLY!!!!

    Can we get a coach in here with a better uniform and clothing sponsor. Our selection SUX! And because it sucks, all these Walmart brands, with their 18 different shades of maroon are all we have to choose from if we want to support our Dawgs!!!

    Tubby would bring the Under Armor 😉

    Anyway, going to bed, great/sad day

  31. carwwest Says:

    we are going to adidas next year ima…it has already been confirmed and announced…

  32. tebmsu97 Says:

    If you are going to go with a Bowden, give me Terry not Tommy.

    I feel bad for Byrne in this situation, nobody he brings in is going to be the right guy. With Cohen he had a no brainer, MSU ties, a winning back ground, etc. With this, no one wil know if he makes the right choice for a couple of years and the masses will ache and moan the whole way (me included).

    I would like to see a more wide open offensive mindset…

  33. joekstewart Says:

    we should be really worry about recruiting. February is not far away, and i don’t think a rebuilding season is appropriate. We have the talent in my mind to finish 7-5 next season or 6-6- Tough schedule.

  34. cwbell Says:

    i just hope the new coach will bring bring experience and excitiment to MSU.there has been alot of changes for the good at msu like the hiring of bryne and cohen, tailgating at the junction and the new scoreboard.wish coach croom the best.i wouldn’t mind seeing him stay on the staff.

  35. thespear Says:

    I’ve heard from credible folks that Fulmer is the front runner….

    Tebmsu, Tommy B has a chance i suppose! But did you say Terry Bowden???? Terry? Bhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhaahha

    Glad you arent the AD

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