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You ask if Saban would be able to win at Kentucky. I agree that Saban would be able to produce winning seasons at UK, MSU, Ole Miss, & Vandy, but I'm not so sure he'd win a SEC or National title at those schools. 

1 year, 7 months ago on UK’s Barnhart Against A 9-Game Schedule

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I noticed another issue in this game in the first half. Ole Miss honestly gave Bama's defense some difficulty with the hurry up offense a couple of times until the referees held up the ball and didn't allow Ole Miss to snap it as quickly as they wanted to. It obviously helped Bama's defense get lined up a couple of times after Ole Miss had a couple of successful runs. Even if it's only for a split second, that prevented the hurry offense from catching the defense a little unprepared.

2 years, 2 months ago on SEC Explains Spot Of The Ball In Alabama, Ole Miss Game

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@AGator the only stat that matters in this day and age is NCAA tourney wins. In Stans 14 years, MSU has a whopping 4 wins (4th worst in the SEC): UK 30, UF 25, UT 9, LSU 7, Bama 6, Auby 5, MSU/Vandy 4, Ole Miss 3, UGA 1, USC 0. Multiple losses to lesser opponents have been the biggest problem. Just like last night, MSU gives UK possibly their biggest scare in SEC play after losing to 3 of the bottom feeders in the conference.

2 years, 10 months ago on MSU's Stansbury Needs To Upset UK Tonight... Badly

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@AGator 20 wins per year means nothing these days. Over 100 NCAA Division I schools won 20 or more games last year.

2 years, 10 months ago on MSU's Stansbury Needs To Upset UK Tonight... Badly

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There weren't any over thrown deep balls. Brandon Heavens and Ricco Sanders both stopped on their routes. The timing is off because their used to not having a clue what the QB is gonna do. Tyler gets the ball out quicker and more accurately. Even my 9 year old son saw Heavens stop on the 20 yard line and then realized the ball was coming his way and still almost came up with it. Our WRs had a horrible game. There were about 8 incompletions I saw when I watched the game again that shoulda been completions. 6 of those were the WRs fault and 2 were Tyler's. WRs having to stay with their routes till the whistle blows with Tyler at QB. That was the best game this TEAM (aside from the place kicker) has played all year. Coaches made some bad calls on offense. I think we can still use Relf. He coulda came in on 1st and goal from the 4 and that might have been better than 2 passes and a delay run play. Regardless, Ballard should be getting the ball 4 plays in a row in that situation. Use Relf the same way we did with Tyson Lee. With the OL problems, Tyler gives us the best chance to win. We were all fooled into being a Relf fan. He enjoyed the fortune of playing horrible defenses and having a GREAT OL. Tyler Russell just played the best game a MSU QB has played against a real SEC defense in a long time.Tyler is tough. He took a beating and just kept getting back up and playing.

There was a RB screen called and they had 3 guys covering Ballard.

Defense is much improved and if they keep improving, we have a chance to win any game. At the first of the year people were talking about missing Manny Diaz. But I'm missing Mark Hudspeth tons more right now than Manny. Plus Manny is on the major hot seat and will probably get run out of Texas.

3 years, 2 months ago on Different QB, same problems. 14 points shouldn't beat this team. | October

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3 years, 2 months ago on Ugh... | October

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Mathis, I won't be surprised either if Mullen sticks with Relf. Mullen has shown loyalty to upper class-men at every position. Don't see how we have a chance to beat South Carolina without Russell though. The passing threat opens up the running game and we have to have Ballard getting the ball 20 times IMO.

3 years, 2 months ago on Ugh... | October

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Hope you're done defending Relf now. He's hasn't had a good game verses a decent defense since the Georgia game last season. The players quit on him. Russell's time is NOW. No more excuses for Relf. He just doesn't have it and really never did unless he was playing a horrible defense (Arky, TSUN, Michigan, Memphis, and Auby). Now he's had 2 horrible games vs. atrocious defenses (La Tech and UAB). That should be the last straw for Relf.

3 years, 2 months ago on Ugh... | October

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We have the pieces in place to be a great team. Just making to many mistakes: penalties, missed tackles, play calling, positioning, etc. These things can be corrected. And if they are, we can still beat anybody. The defense is still young and are learning. They'll have to grow up quick for us to beat LSU. And we need the calls to go our way for a change.

3 years, 3 months ago on 34 points isn't enough | September

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3 years, 3 months ago on State wins 59-14 | September

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Mathis, you bring up the key to our success: "if we can improve." Every week we have to get better and not be satisfied with results. We've got to protect the football this week. If we don't turn it over, we should win. Then we have to work even harder for the Thursday game vs. LSU.

3 years, 3 months ago on State wins 59-14 | September

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It is time Jared! I've decided to do a little post on my page again. I know hard and don't really have time, but like chatting with you guys as well. And whenever Wash gets a post up we'll be over here. But until then, feel free to come over to my blog:

http://buzzardroostus.wordpress.com/

3 years, 3 months ago on Prediction #2: The SEC streak comes to an end | August

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Yeah, I don't see Oklahoma being interested. I also don't see the SEC being interested in Baylor, Florida St., Miami or Ga Tech. I do think the SEC is interested in gaining new viewers in the states of Texas, Missouri (St. Louis & Kansas City Markets), Virginia, and North Carolina. SEC would like Oklahoma too, but I think wash is right about Oklahoma sticking with Texas. So the money making sense would be A&M, Missouri, Virginia Tech, & some other Carolina team. ACC basketball probably turns off the North Carolina teams. Clemson probably makes the most sense, but that doesn't gain North Carolina audience. However it does give the whole state of South Carolina to the SEC. It definitely gonna be interesting to see how this all pans out.

3 years, 4 months ago on Prediction #2: The SEC streak comes to an end | August

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It has been an unbelievable streak for the SEC considering how much the rest of the country hates us. But the SEC is the only conference that has earned the right to have a 1 or 2 loss team in the championship game. Of the teams you mentioned, Bama probably has the most doable, especially in the last part of their season. Here's my prediction, If an SEC team makes the BCS championship, It's because at least 2 other BCS conference champs have 2 or more losses. Expect a Big Ten team to get all the hype since they now have a championship game.

3 years, 4 months ago on Prediction #2: The SEC streak comes to an end | August

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Check out this Video. If it doesn't light your fire, your wood's wet:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLk0YP4_5fY&feature=feedu

3 years, 4 months ago on Prediction #1: Chris Relf's season | August

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I was able to attend the afternoon practice Saturday. Biggest observation for me was the speed of things. Practice is a well oiled machine. It's moving twice as fast as it did 3 years ago. It's truly impressive to watch. I also tried to keep my eye on those I've not seen as much. In this session were the 2 and 3s. So the big hype was Russell vs. Favre and they both continue to improve. I was disappointed that Malcolm Johnson wasn't able to practice. But no major things really happened. Nickoe Whitley did give a snot knocker to about 3 WRs. Coach Collins is the only coach I'd not seen in action so I spent a lot of time watching him. Here's an interview with Coach Collins over the weekend:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tK8ovVnTwyI&feature=feedu

3 years, 4 months ago on Prediction #1: Chris Relf's season | August

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If Relf can be as consistent as he was the last 3 games vs. Arky, TSUN, & Michigan, you're predictions might just come true. Also don't forget Michael Carr & Marcus Green as huge threats this season.

Who do ya'll think deserves the most credit for Relf's progress?

No doubt in my mind Dan Mullen knows not only how to coach, but how to train people to play a position. And I do credit Relf with buying into what Dan was selling. Relf's had to work harder than he ever has to get to this point. And will have to work even harder to give us a shot at an SEC West title. And I guess Les Koening deserves a little credit as well. Koening quietly encourages these kids on offense and is kinda like a wise grandpa figure for them. But without Mullen, Relf may have never seen the field again after the 2008 Egg Bowl. I'll never forget Jack Cristil's comment late in that horrible game: “Chris Relf can throw it long. He cannot throw it accurately, but he can throw it long.”

This time last year most of us (including myself) were calling for Tyler Russell. If Mullen can do what he's done w/ Relf. Just imagine what can be done w/ talent like Russell, Favre, and Dak Prescott in the future.

3 years, 4 months ago on Prediction #1: Chris Relf's season | August

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Our recruiting class is really starting to shape up. Nick James, one of the Dandy Dozen just made a verbal commitment today.

3 years, 4 months ago on Time to start the football preview | July

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OL is always critical. I expect Carmon and Blain Clausell to share time to start the season. Hopefully Carmon will begin to get comfortable and take the position outright. Always, we need Tobias Smith to stay healthy. We're deeper than we've ever been on the OL and will have a chance to get even deeper. Here's how the depth chart for the OL looks going into practice Thursday:
LT - #77 JAMES CARMON 6-7, 330 SR
or #75 BLAINE CLAUSELL 6-7, 295 RFR
LG - #61 GABE JACKSON 6-4, 310 SO
#68 Templeton Hardy 6-3, 300 JR
C - #55 QUENTIN SAULSBERRY 6-2, 300 SR
#63 Dillon Day 6-4, 285 RFR
RG - #67 TOBIAS SMITH 6-3, 305 JR
#78 Damien Robinson 6-8, 310 RFR
RT - #62 ADDISON LAWRENCE 6-4, 290 SR
#59 Archie Muniz 6-5, 275 RFR

3 years, 4 months ago on Time to start the football preview | July

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Interesting names to pick Wash. Brandon Maye and Marcus Green play a huge role for success this season. They are the only 2 you listed that we have a good idea about how they'll fit into this year's plan. Elliot's a good example of what happens to someone with a torn ACL (Like Nick Griffin). A player's knee is just never the same after that injury. I don't think you meant for this list of players to be a most important list, but here's my top 5 players that need to do well:

1. Chris Relf (All the pressure is on Chris this year)

2. Fletcher Cox (Is now the leader of the Defense)

3. Vick Ballard (has to stay healthy)

4. Quentin Saulsberry (has to lead the OL)

5. Chad Bumphis (can he finally be a game breaker)

Here's a little video to get you ready for football:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYJe0PVSJYk

3 years, 4 months ago on Time to start the football preview | July

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No doubt in my mind we brought in Norris because it was his birthday. Those 2 walks lost the game for us. Would've been better to put Graveman or Stratton in at that point. Way to much pressure for a freshman.

Great season. Expectations will be high next year, but we will be rebuilding. 7 of our 9 starters in the lineup were seniors.

Can't argue w/ Caleb Reed as MVP, though I honestly think we over pitched him.

Now let's play some football!

3 years, 6 months ago on Baseball season in review...and my pick for Bulldog player of the year | June

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Lots of stuff going on at SEC meeting in Destin.

1. Cowbells have been approved for another year.

2. # of recruits to be signed cut from 28 to 25.

3. Grad students w/ less than 2 years of eligibility will no longer be allowed to transfer to an SEC school after October 1. (Thank God they didn't make this effective immediately or we'd be ticked; Brandon Maye)

4. No divisions in basketball. Only coach to vote for the divisions was Stans.

For all the results go here:

http://www.mrsec.com/2011/06/sec-meetings-the-results/

3 years, 6 months ago on NCAA Regionals...and what has happened to MSUs pitching staff? | May

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We really need to win the LSU series. That would give us some momentum going into the SEC tourney.

3 years, 7 months ago on Breaking down the final weekend | May

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Make that 6-0!

3 years, 7 months ago on Dogs take game one | May

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@mathistondawg We definitely deflated the Rebel team last night. Today's game is the key to being able to sweep.

3 years, 7 months ago on Dogs take game one | May

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Here's Cohen's post game comments on our team's work ethic and what he thought about those 2 rips by Parks that were scored errors:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnXc8b046mk&feature=feedu

3 years, 7 months ago on Dogs take game one | May

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MSU is now 5-0 vs. TSUN in the big 3 major sports since the official name change to Black Bears.

3 years, 7 months ago on Dogs take game one | May

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Amazing how things change so quickly. Less than a month ago people were still questioning whether or not Cohen was the right man for the job. And I'm sure there will still be some who question him in the future. But if you've watched this team play this season in person, you can easily see the improvement even in most of the losses. Unless we totally blow this series and the LSU series we'll be in SEC & NCAA post season.

Here's some of my observances from last night's game:

1. Attendance: They announce 8,000 in attendance but Jim Ellis said there couldn't have been more than 2,000 at the game.

2. That was about the 3rd time we've pulled Pollorena too soon. I know the coaches want to save his arm. And I'm glad we still won. But if Pollorena pitches 1 or 2 more innings we probably win easily.

3. Couldn't believe the only time I heard the Black Bear fans was BOOING their own players after the errors.

4. Parks was robbed

3 years, 7 months ago on Dogs take game one | May

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Here's a link to SEBaseball.com Regional Predictions for college baseball. They have us in the Rice Regional in Houston. Kinda hoping we can get in the USM Regional in H'burg. That would almost be like a home Regional for us.

http://sebaseball.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1220264

3 years, 7 months ago on Is Paul Mainieri on the hot seat? | May

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I still believe the baseball team is heading in the right direction. I was at the double header Saturday for all of both games. Cohen did make some questionable decisions. Like having Jarrod Parks bunt with no outs and a runner on 1st & 2nd. Or pulling Pollorena when he was on a roll. We did get some bad breaks. The umpire gave Bama a run in the first game. But our team has already won as many games as it did last season. And we have a good shot at some post season play. So I think things are going in the right direction. We've still got to do a better job of knocking runs in. We left way too many on base. This year when we score 5 or more runs, we're 19-1.

3 years, 7 months ago on Losing 2 of 3...again | May

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@Imabulldog I've read that a new locker room will be built under the north side end zone. Our team's new locker room will be state of the art and visiting teams will use the same locker room as they do now on the south side. So pregame would change a little. Players would still do the same DawgWalk, then walk across the field in their suits. So our team would enter the field from the north and visitors would enter from the south. So when our guys run on the field with Bully they'll get to see themselves on the Bully Tube. I like it. It would remedy fights like what broke out vs. UF a couple of years ago.

3 years, 7 months ago on The new Davis Wade Stadium | April

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Great plans for the stadium. Hope everyone is ok. Lots of tornadoes yesterday. Most I can ever remember in a day. Keep Smithville, Webster County, Clarke County, and others in your prayers.

3 years, 7 months ago on The new Davis Wade Stadium | April

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Check out this. A site is offering Sir Camelot of Newton $1 million if he'll take a lie detector test and pass it.

http://eye-on-collegefootball.blogs.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/24156338/28776310

3 years, 7 months ago on Monday items | April

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We really need to win this series vs. Bama this weekend.

Has anyone found out the details of how Chris Smith got his jaw broke? I know he was at a club in Meridian late at night and that's probably all we need to know. He's got to grow up. Thought he'd learned his lesson after being suspended a couple of games at the first of this past season.

3 years, 7 months ago on Monday items | April

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I can't figure out why the SEC baseball schedules are that way either. We already have uneven home and away series.

3 years, 8 months ago on Mid-season assessment: MSU still in it | April

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Also,Pete Boone & Nutt have kicked Kyle Veazet out of what they call the "Inner Circle."

3 years, 8 months ago on More bad news for TSUN | April

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Here's some interesting tweets from Pete Boone, Veazey, & Sports by Brooks over the last 24 hours:

@peteboone: "Circle of Trust question, Kyle...are you two moving in or moving out?"

@kyleveazey: "By my count, Stanley is the 10th scholarship player to depart the#OleMiss program since the end of last season."

@sportsbybrooks "3 Words: HOUSTON NUTT CHEVROLET #peeplheppinbidniss"

@kyleveazey: "Tough questions posed in the blogosphere RT @RedCupRebellion: Has There Been A Worse Time To Be An Ole Miss Rebels Fan? http://sbn.to/eedINX"

3 years, 8 months ago on More bad news for TSUN | April

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Also,Pete Boone & Nutt have kicked Kyle Veazet out of what they call the "Inner Circle."

3 years, 8 months ago on More bad news for TSUN | April

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I think we can honestly say that MSU may be one of the most complete athletic programs in all of college sports.

3 years, 8 months ago on A look at the "other" sports | April

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This will definitely make posting more fun. Little frustrating we've lost some comments, but I think we'll like it better in the long run.

3 years, 8 months ago on Comments Section | April

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Checking to see if I can post a video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QC4Rr9-CIu0

3 years, 8 months ago on Comments Section | April

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