Croom Speaks … to CBS

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Former MSU football coach Sylvester Croom told me last week that he did not want to conduct any interviews until after the New Year. I guess he forgot to add, “To local media.”

Turns out he talked for nearly 10 minutes with CBS’ satellite sports channel, CBS College Sports, on Saturday night after the SEC championship game. Here is the link.

And here are some excerpts from Croom’s chat with the CBS anchors:

• “We had a great season last year. We’re in the process of building a program. It was my hopes that we’d have an opportunity to continue to move forward, but the powers-that-be decided otherwise, and it was agreed that it was best for me to move on.”

• “[O]ne of the things I was concerned about going into the season was our leadership. And we had some things happen in the offseason – we lost five players in a disciplinary action incident – and we had to make some adjustments there. And then we had a series of injuries at some of those same positions. They ended up with us losing 12 players for the entire season. Now, we made a lot of progress here, but our team had not reached the point where our depth was good enough for us to lose 12 players and continue to play at a high level.”

• On how hard it is to recruit players to Starkville (or as the co-anchor put it, “Starksville”): “It’s tough, particularly when we were coming off probation, three years of probation. When I came here, the agreement that I had with Larry Templeton and Charles Lee – the president and the athletic director that hired me – that really my contract and my accountability would not start until after the three years of probation. During the first three years of our probation, it was extremely difficult to get players to even visit from within the state, and almost impossible to get players outside of the state. …

“Basically, I took the approach when we came here – I explained this to the people who hired me – that in order to turn this program around, I felt like we had to start all over again from scratch and basically rebuild an SEC football team. They agreed with me, they agreed to give me the time to do it, but since then things have changed. Other thoughts and ideas, and they want to move in a different direction, and it’s agreed that it’s time for me to move on.”

• On what’s next for him: “Well, I really don’t know. … I still want to coach football. … As long as I can be in a situation in coaching where I’m excited about getting up every morning and being involved with the other coaches and players, then that’s what I’m looking for. I still love the game. I still think I have something to contribute to the game, and that’s what I want to do.”

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12 Responses to “Croom Speaks … to CBS”

  1. carwwest Says:

    it is amazing how it went from it was “his decision” to leave to “that powers that be” forced him out….ha im so glad he is gone…i was never a croom fan and never will be…

  2. boonhoggenbeck Says:

    ..what a dork. I’m flabbergasted that he continues to talk about how to build a program. When and where did he ever do that? Still passing the blame on to others. No mention of the opportunity that was given him…sour grapes.

  3. mcpeter1 Says:

    Do any of you have a clue what you are talking about? Coach Croom took a job 5 years ago that nobody in this country wanted. He stepped in with intense passion and loyalty to mississippi state football. Why don’t you take a moment to think about what you are saying instead of just speaking word vomit….. Coach Croom has done a lot for this program and the fact that he took that worthless job at the time in the first place speaks for itself.

  4. markillas44 Says:

    i always liked croom and respected his integrity, but he was/is a terrible head coach. his refusal to make staff/scheme adjustments is evidenced by his record. the problem is he takes no accountability…he blames off-the-field issues and injuries for his lack of success and never once does he take responsibility for his decisions. good man, bad coach…GB did what was best for MSU.

  5. mississippibulldawg Says:

    Call the job what you want but he was paid over $1 million dollars to a job that he didn’t do. Last year was a fluke and everyone knows it. Defense scoring and mistakes by other teams are all that got us where we were. I respect Croom for bringing respect and class back to the program. But at the end of the day a coach gets paid to win games. (Paid well). And he didn’t do that. BottomLine.

  6. interface7 Says:

    TCU’s Patterson is leaving Dallas on a plane heading for Bryan Field tonight…………so I hear…..

  7. boonhoggenbeck Says:

    No one knows that “nobody in this country wanted” the job at the time he was hired…especially since no coaching search was done. He was literally begged to take it for reasons other than winning football games…that’s all.

  8. Brad Locke Says:

    TCU spokesman, to me earlier today: “Coach Patterson is not interested in the (MSU) position.”

  9. atldawg Says:

    You guys don’t seem to get it. Who in the world are we going to get that’s any better than Croom??? There is a reason we don’t have a coach now…it’s not exactly a job with candidates beating down the door. Croom just did an interview on Pollack and Bell on 790 the Zone. Croom said he had already made plans to move McCorvey to an administrative post and was bringing in Al Borges (ex Auburn OC) for the OC position. If he already committed to doing that, why did we push him out? Give him one more year…then we’d also lock in the best recruiting class State has ever had. Instead, those guys are decommitting left and right and we’re scrambling to fill a coaching spot.

  10. mcpeter1 Says:

    Thats completely true that coaches get paid to win but they also get paid to make sure the players are performing in academics. But take a look at the program when Croom took it over. He had to deal with nothing but a bunch of thugs and convicts. He deserved what he got paid and all of you think it is so easy, then why aren’t you out coaching in the SEC. Croom did what is right for this program and he did a damn good job at it. You can say mistakes by other teams got us where we are but LSU would have never won the national title last year if other teams didn’t make mistakes, thats just part of every game that is played on Saturday. GB did make the right decision and the best decision for MSU football. I have full confidence in GB and he will bring a high quality coach in that will build upon what Croom started.

  11. desotodawg Says:

    Well .. you can take Fat Phil off the list .. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=3755357

  12. diamondawg23 Says:

    Croom lacked one thing. I never sen him chew somebodys a@@ out on the sidelines. I watched Stoops at OU walk the sidelines the other night looking for no.44 who had just got a stupid penalty and he laid into him and they were up by 35 points. All Croom woul do was cross his arms and look at the ground.That’s BULLSH@!.

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