Well, we can officially put basketball in the books. The Lady Bulldogs’ NCAA tournament run ended last night in Columbus, Ohio, with a 64-58 loss to No. 3 seed Ohio State. The 11th-seeded Lady Bulldogs (23-10) were held scoreless over the final 6 minutes, 43 seconds of the game and were denied their first trip to the Sweet 16. Nevertheless, a fine season.
We’re actually not quite done with hoops. The Bailey and Gillom trophies will be handed out next Monday, and MSU’s Jarvis Varnado and Alexis Rack are up for those awards, respectively. The focus for the next four weeks will be on MSU football. Spring drills start today at 3:30 p.m. Open to the public, so come on out to the practice fields behind Shira Fieldhouse. (By the way, State isn’t the only SEC team starting practice this week.)
New coach Dan Mullen promised his new players the hardest offseason workout program they’d ever experienced, and quarterback Tyson Lee can attest to that. The hardest part? “Everything,” Lee said. “Day in, day out, each workout, it pushes you to give everything you have. It’s not a workout where you can give 80, 85 percent.” The challenge now is to learn Mullen’s spread offense, a two-edged sword according to Lee. “The spread offense can be good and can be bad. With so many plays and formations, knowing what everybody is doing and getting the ball to the right person at the right time (is crucial).”
More on the first day of practice later today. I’ll be there.