Archive for January 12th, 2009

Various & Sundry Bulldog Items

January 12, 2009

Been kind of a newsy day out of Starkville.

Dan Mullen got himself another assistant coach, bringing along John Hevesy from Florida. He coached tight ends for the Gators and was with Urban Meyer for eight years. “Great coach, great friend, great person, great father, great husband,” Meyer told the Orlando Sentinel.

• You already know that hoopster Dee Bost was named SEC Freshman of the Week. “I wasn’t even thinking about getting the award, I was just going out there to play so we could win,” Bost said. I will have a story on Bost in Wednesday’s paper, Lord willing.

• Basketball coach Rick Stansbury‘s radio show, “Dawgs Talk With Rick Stansbury,” makes its season debut tonight. The show, which starts at 6 p.m., is hosted by Jim Ellis. The numbers to call: 888-808-8637; if in Jackson, (601) 952-0986; or if you have a Cellular South phone, *222.

• Stansbury and a handful of players met with the media this afternoon. The Bulldogs (11-5, 1-0) host Alabama (11-4, 1-0) at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Bama’s Ronald Steele is day-to-day with a heel injury, so he might not even play. More can be found here.

MSU, of course, is coming off that shocking win at Arkansas. Now comes the really hard part – keeping these young guys focused. That job falls to juniors Barry Stewart and Jarvis Varnado. “The Arkansas win was a big win for us, but we keep in mind we’ve got long way to go,” said Varnado. “This SEC season is game by game – you can’t get too high, you can’t get too low. You’ve just got to stay at a consistent level.”

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Dee Bost: Freshman of the Week

January 12, 2009

Not surprisingly, Mississippi State point guard Dee Bost was named the SEC Freshman of the Week. Bost averaged 17.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in wins over Western Kentucky and Arkansas. Over his last three games, Bost is 16 of 25 shooting, including 6 of 12 from 3-point range. He had 17 points, five boards and five assists in Saturday’s SEC-opening win over the Razorbacks.

I’ll have more on Bost later in the week. By the way, Florida’s Nick Calathes was named Player of the Week.

Big Weekend, & the Week Ahead

January 12, 2009

We learned Saturday night that the Mississippi State men’s basketball team could be a big factor in the SEC this season. Sunday showed us that the Lady Bulldogs might make some noise, too.

They overcame an 18-point deficit to defeat Ole Miss, 69-64. MSU (13-3, 1-1 SEC) got 19 points from the resurgent Alexis Rack, and three others notched double digits. Up next is an even stiffer test: No. 7 Tennessee, which is stinging from yesterday’s 74-58 loss to No. 24 Vanderbilt. An angry Pat Summitt is even scarier than a happy Pat Summitt.

As for what else is ahead this week, we’ll have the SEC coaches on the phone later this morning, and then the media will assemble in Starkville this afternoon to speak with men’s coach Rick Stansbury and a few players. The Bulldogs (11-5, 1-0) return home Wednesday against Alabama (11-4, 1-0), which knocked off LSU on Sunday, 65-59.

And at some point this week, we hope to catch up with football coach Dan Mullen, who today kicks off a five-city meet-and-greet tour around the region.