Monday Recap: Whew …

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Dare I pause to take a breath? To sleep? I’m bracing myself for finding something out at 2 a.m. some morning. I wonder if coaching searches were always this crazy. Probably not.

And yet it’s fun. Exhilirating, even, at times. Today started early and will end late, and it’ll be that way every day until a new coach is hired to replace Sylvester Croom. Let us recap what was a manic Monday.

• Athletics Director Greg Byrne and the MSU assistants have been calling up recruits, hoping to allay their fears and keep them tethered to their commitments. This is an especially crucial task since many of these players have indicated that it was Croom, and not merely the program itself, that drew them to Starkville.

Interim coach Rockey Felker said today that the overall response from recruits has been “very positive,” but as both I and others have reported, some commitments are waffling or re-opening their recruiting. However, I’d be surprised if anyone bolts before a new coach is hired.

• Croom addressed his former players one last time today. Byrne and Felker spoke as well, and the focus of the meeting was about moving forward and not letting this change affect the team’s desire to reach goals it has set. Several players expressed hurt at Croom’s departure but also vowed to forge ahead.

• Names of possible replacements have been swirling even before Croom – *cough* – resigned. (OK, yes, he technically resigned, but we all know it was a David Cutcliffe kind of situation.) I don’t feel like I’ve completed as much footwork as I’d like to have done, but I do feel confident that the field has been narrowed. Boise State’s Chris Petersen is probably out of the picture, and Louisiana Tech’s Derek Dooley – a bit of a surprise entry to some – seems to have never actually been in the picture. But it wouldn’t surprise me if he has or does make Byrne’s list.

We’ll be keeping an eye on Cincinnati’s Brian Kelly. As for ex-Clemson coach Tommy Bowden … I don’t know. I can see him being in the mix, but I can’t picture him in Starkville. Doesn’t seem a good fit.

• The Bulldogs received two bits of good news today: Brandon McRae‘s second surgery – to clean out his leg – went well, and LB Jamar Chaney says he still wants to return next year.

That’s all for today, friends. I’m gonna throw back a cold one and get back to it. And eventually, sleep.

PS: I will eventually do a poll on coaching candidates, once the field has been further narrowed.

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20 Responses to “Monday Recap: Whew …”

  1. maroon1white Says:

    Sports talk radio in memphis all today have been a buzz about State’s next coach. While none of the talking heads have given names for possible replacements all have one unanimous statement. That is State is the toughest place to coach in the SEC. I know what your going to say what about Vandy but their fans are happy with 6-6. One more reason this is the biggest hire in MSU history (in my opinion). Hiring Croom was major but this one is bigger b/c every move the next guy makes is going to compared to Croom just Weis after Willingham. Not to mention if the next guy doesn’t work out…what then.

  2. Tom Says:

    How about Skip Holtz at ECU. Charlie Strong at Florida.

  3. chrisfromcorinth Says:

    Sure the name is not on the radar. But I’ll say again, Turner Gill has taken, never won anything at anything, Buffallo to the MAC championship game.

  4. carwwest Says:

    buffalo has the fourth best record in the MAC….the three best teams are all in the same division….if any MAC coach should be considered it would be brady hoke or butch jones….

  5. RoastBeef1 Says:

    Turner Gill would be a wise hire. Don’t see it happening, but it would be smart of State to pursue him. Don’t give me this mess about 4th best record in the MAC. It’s Buffalo! Coaches can be great while developing talent. The guy was good enough to almost get the Nebraska job. So is he good enough for a traditional power like Nebraska but not Mississippi State? I know he has ties and such, but that’s still impressive.

  6. kstorey395 Says:

    What about Sonny Dykes…OC at Arizona?

  7. bedgood Says:

    A recruit has just bolted. The kid from North Little Rock has committed to Oklahoma State. That is one, with probably more to come. How long can this take before we are in real trouble? 2 weeks or 3? Maybe into 2009?? My personal opinion is that we need a new coach by the championship game or the first bowl at the latest. Everybody seems to think that we took a step backwards this year, but if we lose 3 or 4 commitments, that one step will increase into multiple steps back.

  8. buzzardroostus Says:

    We need to hire someone with college head coaching experience and no connection to alabama.

  9. thingreenline Says:

    What trips me out about all this is the people on here. Basically, everyone on here wanted Croom gone (assuming he wouldn’t get rid of Wxxdy), yet your still bitching? How many people said, “Anyone can do better than Crxxm”? Now folks are getting pissed if Phil or Tubby’s name gets mentioned. Now we have some other fella threatening to not buy another season ticket if Dooley gets hired. Give me a freaking break. We all got what we wanted, now it’s time to deal with whatever happens.

  10. desotodawg Says:

    thingreenline, welcome to the mississippi state fan base.

  11. goldendawg Says:

    I will go on the record and say that I would mind either fulmer or tubby. They are both proven winners in the SEC. Don’t think we can afford tubby though.

  12. darkcooger Says:

    desotodawg: Welcome to football fandom in general. This isn’t unique to State.

  13. tupelobizbuzz Says:

    As long-suffering State fans, we can come up with as many wish-lists we like, but the reality is many of those we’d like to have coach us will say “thanks, but no thanks.”

    That being said, I hope we can afford to make a great hire. We need somebody to rally the troops like Ole Miss did with Houston Nutt. It hurts to say that, but they’ve done a marvelous job at getting their act together, much to our detriment.

    Whoever we hire, let’s get behind him 100 percent. And go kick some butt.

  14. tupelobizbuzz Says:

    As long-suffering State fans, we can come up with as many wish-lists we like, but the reality is many of those we’d like to have coach us will say “thanks, but no thanks.”

    That being said, I hope we can afford to make a great hire. We need somebody to rally the troops like Ole Miss did with Houston Nutt. It hurts to say that, but they’ve done a marvelous job at getting their act together, much to our detriment.

    Whoever we hire, let’s get behind him 100 percent. And go kick some butt.

  15. bantyrooster1 Says:

    Any of the above names mentioned will be fine with me. We can’t do worse than be worst in the SEC. I don’t think Tubby would come to Starkville. Fulmer doesn’t seem right either. I was hoping Peterson but now that looks dead. I’m just thankful we’ve got our problem of locating a coach right now. It beats the alternative.

  16. Brad Locke Says:

    Bedgood, you’re right, DE Anthony Rogers has indeed reneged on his MSU commitment and is off to Stillwater.

  17. kstorey395 Says:

    I think the biggest difference at Ole Miss was the fact that they have a quarterback that can make plays. If Nutt was such a great coach, why did they run him out of Arkansas?

    Let’s not get into a pissing contest with Ole Miss. They should be the least of our worries. It’s not like they are the class of the SEC.

  18. northmissdawg Says:

    I cannot believe any self respecting Bulldog fan who knows football is still harping about Houston Nutt and Arkansas. Give credit where credit is due and stop all the in-state bull. Nutt won 75 games in 10 years at Arkansas and 18 in his last two years. The Arkansas people who didn’t like him know as much about football as the guy who is still talking about Nutt not knowing how to coach. I love my Bulldogs but believe in recognizing a job well done. Ole Miss is fortunate to have Houston Nutt and I only hope we can make a hire that works out like him. Starkville, Oxford, and Fayetteville are the three toughest places to win in the SEC (Vandy is an exception because of the “Brain” factor). Anyone who wins 75 games in 10 years at any of those three places is a winner. Even though I love my Bulldogs I feel Nutt should be SEC coach of the year.
    Its going to be hard for State to hire a “Name Coach”. Better give a promising assistant somewhere a chance.

  19. bantyrooster1 Says:

    Yeah, anybody, even a true maroon and white fan, has to give Nutt props for the job he’s done. Not just this year but his entire SEC career. Ole Miss has been blessed by hiring this man. At times this season we didn’t appear to have a coach anywhere on our sidelines and I’m not just talking about Croom. Ole Miss has a STAFF. Whoever we get can’t do it by themselves, they will need to bring in some good assistants as well. I’m still excited about CHANGE. Whoever gets the job, let’s rock and roll.

  20. kstorey395 Says:

    Ok…I see your point…I will give Nutt props. He was smart enough to hire Kent Austin to be his OC and the smarts to start Jevan Sneed at quarterback.

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