Report: Croom Resigning


I’m headed to the Bryan Building – MSU football headquarters – because BulldawgJunction has reported that Sylvester Croom is resigning. I have received confirmation that assistant coaches, AD Greg Byrne and sports information director Mike Nemeth, along with football liaison Joe Galbraith, are holed up inside Bryan. Doors are locked.

I’ll report back soon.


52 Responses to “Report: Croom Resigning”

  1. pgrebels Says:


  2. warbirdz44 Says:

    THANK GOD! First good decision he has made in a while!

    Just confirms my opinion that Ole Miss killing us was a good thing!

  3. carwwest Says:

    man, i woke up this morning thinking i was just not going to get on the internet because there would really be no news but DANG!!!!……ATTA BOY BYRNE!!!!!!!

  4. 2thdoc Says:

    Greg Byrne, thank you.

  5. moorebs Says:

    I LOVE GREG BYRNE—-Finally an AD that is not afraid to buck the system.

    We got our man for the baseball team and now he is not afraid to make a change with the football team. Things are looking up for MSU Athletics.

  6. BirdZ! Says:

    I agree. Thanks GB. And IF it was fully Croom’s decision, thank you Coach Croom.

  7. dadwithpride Says:

    its on espn

  8. moorebs Says:

    From what i read on scout he was told to resign or be fired. I don’t think croom weighed in on the decision.

  9. skydawg706 Says:

    Bummer to me – I like Croom, disliked WC offense, and OC, olffensive line coach, Special Team coach.

  10. imabulldog Says:

    bad man for it to happen to, but glad it happened

  11. bulldog22 Says:

    Its a sad day in Starkville

  12. buzzardroostus Says:

    Please never ever allow anyone connected to alabama be involved with our football program again. Croom is a good man. But you have to be an adulterating criminal to be successful (Nick Satan, Hustler Nutt, Urban Mower, etc.) As I always say: “You can’t win a national championship without a few criminals on your team.” If Bama wins big I expect Tubby to resign as well. Biggest problem I have is who to go after. Nobody worth anything wants to come to Starkville. Croom cleaned up the mess but just doesn’t have to ability to motivate week after week or make crucial decisions during the game. We need a real snot knocker to motivate and put fear in our opponents.

  13. dawgface52 Says:

    It’s a great day in Starkville! Thank God.

  14. buzzardroostus Says:

    worst part is we actually had some pretty good recruits coming in. I’m sure they’ll go elsewhere now.

  15. Brad Locke Says:

    Byrne will address the media later today.

  16. skydawg706 Says:

    Wish list of head coach:

    Cincinati Head Coach – Bryan Kelly

    Ball State Head Coach: Brady Hoke

    University Texas: Will Mucchamp
    Defense Coordinator/Linebacker

  17. warbirdz44 Says:

    Sky, Muschamp has already been named as Mack Brown’s successor so he isn’t going anywhere.

  18. skydawg706 Says:

    as far as Recruits……who they pick as head coach may have a lot to do with it.

  19. ericintupelo Says:

    Croom is a good man but he just wasn’t the coach for us. I for one am sad for him but glad for our University. About the recruits, maybe we can get someone with an offensive mindset and get some more recruits.

  20. ericintupelo Says:

    Wonder if Boise State’s head coach is interested in SEC football?

  21. ericintupelo Says:

    Charlie Strong’s name came up a lot when Jackie left so don’t be surprised if his name comes up again.

  22. godllub Says:

    Now is Greg Byrne’s time to shine. Can he find another John Cohen?

    All I’m asking for in a head coach is a man who wants to win, and doesn’t take a knee down three before halftime (Auburn), or turns down a personal foulwith zero on the clock at halftime to go to the locker room instead of taking a shot at the endzone (Tennessee).

  23. charleston11 Says:

    Dennis Wayne Franchione

  24. db33 Says:




    I’d prefer a successful HC, which means it’ll probably have to come from non-BCS school.

    Just say NO to Jeff Bower guys. JUST SAY NO!!

  25. ericintupelo Says:

    On ESPN they mentioned Charlie Strong which is no surprise but they also mentioned Tyrone Nix. Would love to get Peterson more than Graham or Kelly but both have had success. It will be interesting. A big name would be nice for name recognition but…..

  26. desertdog2005 Says:

    It is a sad day in Starkville. As a person Croom was one of the best we could have ever had as a head coach. We won’t miss the losses, but we will miss the character of the man. To me it wasn’t Croom- it was Woody and the lack of offense. I doubt if he will get this…but we wish him the best and may he enjoy retirement…I would with 1.7 million dollar.

  27. charleston11 Says:


  28. thespear Says:

    State needs someone who has proven them self at this level. Not a Sub Division coach, not a NFL assistant…. A D-1 head coach or highly touted assistant!

  29. chrisfromcorinth Says:

    Well everybody got what they wanted now what do you bitch about when nothing gets any better. I always bleed maroon, and I would have like to have seen some coaching changes and see what happened and live with Croom another season. But, more power to the next guy, and hope he wins right away.

  30. ericintupelo Says:

    I agree spear. I just hopes it generates some energy in Starkville and we can build on the “foundation” Croom laid. He did some good things for us and I am grateful and I wish his family the best. I want someone who hits the recruiting trail hard and can keep Mississippi’s top high school grads from leaving the state.

  31. db33 Says:

    Before people like Rick Cleveland stir up the masses for Bower, we need/have to nip that in the bud.

    Email Byrne!

  32. bleedmaroon Says:

    I like Croom as a person. I think he is a great man. I would have given him another year if he would’ve been open to make a lot of changes. I just hope we can get a PROVEN head coach and not just some assistant hoping for his chance. Coach Croom, thanks for all that you have done for our program. I wish you and your family well.

  33. charleston11 Says:

    Locke- that was a stong article in today’s paper.

  34. charleston11 Says:

  35. skydawg706 Says:

    I would like to have seen Croom for one more year with OC, OL, Special Team changes.

    Believe Croom believed in his staff and planned to walk out the door with them.

    Going to be interesting for sure to see Bryne goes for as a HC. Need someone that can recruit also ( attracts recruits).

  36. tebmsu97 Says:

    Certainly not the news I expected to see scroll acroos CBS during the UGS game. Like most have said, I am sorry it had to happen to Coach Croom because he seemed to be a great man, but he just didn’t seem to have that something it takes to get the job done at this level.

    I am very excited by Byrne leading this search, I think he showed well during the baseball search and will do equally well now.

  37. texdawg88 Says:

    Sylvester Croom is a good man no ? He deserves a lot of credit for the good he has done at MSU.GB, please hire the right man no matter the cost. As Saban has shown, you hire the right man and it will pay dividends. You have a chance to rewrite MSU history and go down as a savior of our athletic program. Git-r-dun son!

  38. s084swd Says:

    I know probably many of us here at MSU don’t care for Nick Saban. However, I think he’s probably one of the best coaches in the nation. In only his second season at Alabama, he’s got them near a national championship already. What about trying to hire his right hand man? I was just on Alabama’s website and that man looked to be Kevin Steele. He’s the associate head coach, head defensive coach, and he also coaches the linebackers. And oh, by the way, he’s got a reputation for being one of the best recruiters in the country. What more could you ask for?

  39. dannyripms Says:

    Oh come on you guys know crook was an idiot and a racist. It’s time for MSU put their money where their mouth is and get a big name coach and not waste another 5 years experimenting!!!

  40. carwwest Says:

    wish list..
    gary patterson, TCU!!!!

    now, no certain order….
    chris petersen, BSU
    Brian kelly, MSU
    todd graham, tulsa
    bronco mendenhall, BYU

    bill cubit, western michigan
    dan mullen, UF OC
    charlie strong, UF DC
    kevin steele, bama (but really don think so, so we can break ties with bama history)

    turner gill

  41. deaddawg1 Says:

    My prayers have been answered! Now let’s pray for success in the hiring of his replacement. I have trust in Mr. Byrne to do the job right and he certainly has my full support.

    I have great respect for coach Croom as a person, but I’ve made no secret of my assessment of his head coaching ineffectiveness. I wish him the best as he steps down. My prayers are with him and his family. I thank him for his effort to improve the program.

    When you are at the bottom, there’s only one way to go. I look forward to a new start in building our program and hope it becomes competitive one!

  42. carwwest Says:

    people keep talking about turner gill….once again…NO TO TURNER GILL!!!!!…the guy hasnt done anything at a small school…..NO NO NO NO NO!!!

  43. maroon1white Says:

    Chris Peterson or Gary Patterson are both excellent choices in my opinion. I just hope we don’t lose our defensive tenacity with a guy like either of these at the helm.

    Croom will be back in the NFL coaching after the 1st of the year. The man has assistant coaching talent. I wish him success.

    If Byrne keeps on this trail he could definitely rewrite the stereotypes we have to endure.

    Go State!

  44. bantyrooster1 Says:

    Guys, it’s going to be Dooley from LA Tech. Unless something drastic happens in the next few days. He will be an excellent hire IF he can bring in an exciting Offensive Co. Let’s support whoever they bring in and remember it could’ve been worse……Croom for another year.

  45. farley662 Says:

    That would be a dumb ass hire. His overall record is 9-11. Makes no sense to settle on someone like that.

  46. bcdog Says:

    Have a friend from Clemson who hates Bowden (course they have a lot higher expectations year in year out than us). Don’t think I could tolerate UT fans ragging us about taking their leftovers (Fulmer); Surely we can get better than Dooley; But I don’t think we can get Peterson. Patterson may be a legitimate shot. My hope is this…after the last 3 (?) coaches with defensive bents have left us wondering if we will EVER score, lets hire a Offensive minded HC. Harbison proved this year what he is made of and I wonder how much better they would have been without injuries and playing 80% of the downs because the offense went 3 and out. I would be fine with keeping Harbison…but more than anything lets find a offensive minded HC.

  47. nmsdiamonddawgs Says:

    Hey guys. MSU has been going through this for years. The only big name coach we have ever had (JWS) came in and won (until he and his teams lost interest, which is still a mystery). Bellard did ok but just couldn’t cut it in the SEC. Experimenting with assistant coaches is NOT the answer. If we want to win and win consistently, we have to get a big name coach. Yea, it’s going to cost some money but you get what you pay for. A big name coach draws immediate attention to your program and gets recruits. My vote is for Spurrier. For sure, we would have top rate quarterbacks, top rate recruits and an offense that will NOT be rated in the bottom percentile in the nation. Seem like an impossibility? Then how did South Carolina get him? If I remember, Spurrier’s name was kicked around when Croom was hired. Who knows, he may be ready for a good challenge.

  48. scdawg Says:

    we dont want the ole ball coach, seriously.

  49. scdawg Says:

    There are not enough golf courses in MS.

  50. nmsdiamonddawgs Says:


  51. leeearl Says:

    Yes, when I heard the news a few tears were shed, in the left eye, tears of sadness and in the right eye, tears of joy…hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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