Archive for January 27th, 2009

Looking Ahead

January 27, 2009

I suggest y’all turn on ESPN at 6 p.m. to watch Kentucky at Ole Miss. Sure, it could be a blowout, but those are Mississippi State’s next two opponents. The Wildcats are the only team with an unblemished SEC mark, and who knows, Jodie Meeks might go off for 54 again. As for the Rebels, I know y’all hate ’em, but they’re a scrappy bunch.

Ole Miss visits Humphrey Coliseum on Saturday (noon, Raycom), and State travels to Kentucky next Tuesday (6 p.m., Raycom). I just booked my flight to Lexington; a shade under $400 for round trip. I don’t fly much, so I have no idea if that’s reasonable. Now I just need a hotel and a rental.

Even though the Bulldogs aren’t playing a mid-week game, I’ll have plenty of bylines in the coming days.

• I’ve been on the phone with some football commitments for a story I’m working on about the recruiting process.

• I have a story coming on the Lady Bulldogs’ Congo trio (Rima Kalonda, Armelie Lumanu and Chanel Mokango).

• Also in the works is a look at how the shifted 3-point line is affecting the men’s game.

• For tomorrow’s paper, I’ll have a story on the basketballers as well as a column on football coach Dan Mullen.

OK, back to work.


Bulldogs Off, Gottfried Out, Recruit In

January 27, 2009

Mississippi State’s men don’t play again until Saturday. As I write in today’s Journal, they’d rather be playing this Wednesday. As it is, the Bulldogs (14-6, 4-1 SEC) are off until Saturday’s home game against Ole Miss. You can catch the Rebels on ESPN tonight against Kentucky, which MSU plays next Tuesday. Could get ugly tonight.

Concerning the big SEC news of the day, here is Kevin Scarbinsky‘s take on the Mark Gottfried “resignation.”

On the football recruiting front, Joe Stewart, a receiver/kick returner from Dutchtown, Ga., has Mississippi State high on his list. So says the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He likes that spread offense of Dan Mullen‘s. And one I simply missed – recruiting is not my specialty, nor should it be – but Taylorsville receiver Billy Hamilton committed to State and also plans to play for new baseball coach John Cohen. Also, we learn that MSU is out of the running for Noxubee County receiver Pat Patterson.