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Stansbury, Players Speak

January 26, 2009

The media assembled at Humphrey Coliseum this afternoon to chat with MSU coach Rick Stansbury and several players. The Bulldogs are off Wednesday, then host Ole Miss on Saturday. The big news of the day in the SEC is Mark Gottfried leaving Alabama. Stansbury offered his thoughts on the situation: “I hate it for any coach. I hate it for Mark, Mark’s a really good person. It’s very obvious that he’s been a great coach over there for a long time. … That’s the beast of the business. That’s the life we’re in.”

Now, to some excerpts from today’s gathering, Stansbury first:

• On the Georgia win: “We got hit in the mouth at LSU in a bad four-minute stretch, but our kids found a way to respond. Any time you can go out and respond on the road with a road victory, it shows your team is making some progression.”

• On having Wednesday off: “I’ve always said once you get in a rhythm, you like to keep your rhythm. You like your same routine. … It’ll give us a chance to do a few things, to spend a little more time on a few things than normal, make some little adjustments here and there.”

• On being out-rebounded so often: “Do I like getting out-rebounded? Absolutely not. You win championships on the road by defending and rebounding. This team’s put together differently. Can we win a championship put together the way we are? I don’t know. We’ll see. Ask me 11 more games from now, we’ll see.”

Now, center Jarvis Varnado:

• On Ole Miss: “They’re pretty scrappy. You can never take Ole Miss lightly, because this is  rival game. They’re going to be pumped just as well as we are.”

• On Georgia win: “I think this team is finally growing up.”

From backup Elgin Bailey:

• On bouncing back so well: “I’m very surprised. We came back with it on our minds, we took it to Georgia. We kind of let up in the second half but we got back on it, and that’s how we’re supposed to do it.”

• On the bench play: “We’ve got great talent on the bench. We work just as hard as the starting five, maybe even harder.”

Freshman point guard Dee Bost:

• On Ole Miss: “I heard that it’s a big rivalry. The place will be sold out, everybody will be loud. I’m sure it’s going to be real competitive between both teams.”

• On the Western Division race: “Right now I feel that we’re the team to beat if we continue to win and play good.”

And finally, guard Ravern Johnson:

• On LSU loss: “We can’t let just one loss like that mess up our season. We talked about it, and basically what we said was, ‘We’ve got to bounce back.’”

• On trying to draw more fouls: “The coaches are on me hard about driving the ball. I’m trying to put that in my game, but when I try to drive, I never get fouled. I’m trying to do what coach asks.”

PS: I’ll have an update on the Bulldogs in tomorrow’s Journal. My column, which will be on football, will run Wednesday.

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Blog Bag: Reloaded?

January 26, 2009

Y’all have done a great job of hitting me with tons of questions this month. Makes me wonder if there’s anything left in the chamber. Hit me.

On the Super Links

January 26, 2009

In the spirit of Super Bowl Week, today begins, for me, what promises to be a super-busy week. And that’s without having a game Wednesday. But signing day approacheth, so I’m working on something to lead us into that. Working on a some other stuff, too. Stay tuned.

As for this lovely Monday (ugh), I have some various links for you, some Mississippi State-related, some not. We’ll start with the MSU stuff:

• The Lady Bulldogs fell at home to Arkansas yesterday, 65-62. The women are 15-5 overall, 3-3 in SEC play. This was not a good loss; it gave Arkansas its first SEC win of the season. State’s back in action Thursday, at Humphrey Coliseum, against Savannah State.

• Can’t link it because it’s premium content, but a bit of recruiting news. Scout.com talked with D’Iberville LB Jacoby Bell, who said MSU has been coming after him “pretty hard lately.” He called assistant Carl Torbush the linebacker coach, for what that’s worth (titles have not officially been set for assistants, but I imagine we’ll see Torbush as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach).

• To the non-MSU links. Our sports editor, John L. Pitts, offers his weekly Monday thoughts. This week, he takes a look back at the 2004 NFL Draft, “with new data.”

• Finally, here is a short interview of North Carolina coach Roy Williams. My boy Adam Gore tracked him down at the Hotbed Classic in New Albany on Saturday. Good job, Adam.