Archive for January 20th, 2009

Rivals Rankings: MSU Dominates Mississippi

January 20, 2009 has released its Mississippi Postseason Top 30* player rankings for the 2009 football class, and not surprisingly, Mississippi State dominates the state. Thirteen of those 30 are MSU commits, including six of the top 10 players: No. 2 Fletcher Cox, No. 3 Chad Bumphis, No. 6 Josh Boyd, No. 7 Chris Smith, No. 8 Tyler Russell and No. 10 Dennis Thames.

How do other schools compare? Southern Miss has commitments from seven of those players, while Ole Miss has three, the same number as Alabama.

The No. 1-ranked player is, of course, Noxubee County’s Patrick Patterson, who is undecided.

MSU’s 2009 class is currently ranked 22nd in the nation by Rivals and 17th by Scout.

*I don’t know if this is premium content, so forgive me if the link doesn’t work.


Opinion Offering, & On the Links

January 20, 2009

I’ve been pondering, as I’m sure you have, just how this young Mississippi State basketball team keeps winning and sits atop the SEC Western Division. In today’s opinion offering, I assert that most of the credit belongs to coach Rick Stansbury, who has managed to find a lineup that works despite its lack of both size and experience.

At 13-5, 3-0 in the SEC, the Bulldogs are finding their way into bracket projections. has them as a 12 seed in Boise, playing Minnesota. Up next is a road game against LSU (14-3, 2-1) at 7 p.m. Wednesday. No TV, so turn up the radio and follow my Twitter feed and blog.

In other SEC news, Arkansas’ Brandon Moore has been suspended indefinitely from the team after a DWI arrest.

On the football front, the Senior Bowl week, featuring MSU’s Derek Pegues, is now under way. Game at 6 p.m. Saturday (NFL Network).