Archive for January 28th, 2009

Jacquiese Holcombe Suspended

January 28, 2009

Junior forward Jacquiese Holcombe has been suspended indefinitely by coach Rick Stansbury, an MSU spokesman confirmed this afternoon. No specific reason was given, but Holcombe is still on the team. Stansbury is not commenting on it.

Odd thing is, Holcombe is going to be redshirted this season because of a stress fracture of his left tibia. He played in seven games early this season, averaging 3.0 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. He’s remained active even on the bench, drawing praise from teammates for his enthusiasm, which has been evident to even casual observers. He could be seen leading a Maroon & White cheer late in State’s win over Alabama a couple of weeks ago. “He gives us a lot of energy every game,” starting guard Barry Stewart said that night.

Holcombe (6-foot-5, 205 pounds) transferred in this year from Georgia Perimeter College, where he was a second-team All-American and the Region 17 Player of the Year.

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Signing Day Plans

January 28, 2009

Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen will be in Starkville and Jackson on National Signing Day, which is next Wednesday. He’ll attend a 2 p.m. gathering at the Griffis Boardroom on the MSU campus; fans get free admission and free food. Mullen will speak at about 2:30. At 6:30, Mullen and AD Greg Byrne will be at the Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum’s Forestry Auditorium; cost is $10, and doors open at 6.

Several MSU assistants will also be around the state: Tony Hughes, Les Koenning and Reed Stringer will go to The Chili House in Meridian (6 p.m., $5 admission); Rockey Felker and Mark Hudspeth will speak at Romie’s Grocery in Tupelo (5 p.m., $15).

Information courtesy MSU media relations.

On the Links: Hoops & Recruiting

January 28, 2009

Well, Saturday’s Ole Miss-Mississippi State game just got a lot more interesting. Any of you watch the Rebels stun Kentucky last night, 85-80? I’ve gotta go back and give it a look. Thank heaven for DVR.

As for MSU, it has no mid-week game. But I took a closer look at an interesting trend in regards to the Bulldogs’ scorers – a tale of two halves, if you will. Ravern Johnson, for instance, is averaging 9.4 points in the first half of SEC games, compared to 3.0 in the second half. He’s been shut out in the second half in three of MSU’s five SEC games. But others have picked up the slack, like Jarvis Varnado, who’s averaging 8.2 points in the second half (13.4 total).

Now, to the gridiron. My opinion offering today was some high praise for new coach Dan Mullen‘s recruiting efforts. The big question: How will it translate to the field of play? Signing Day is a week away, so a good bit of work remains.