Lifelong Alabama Crimson Tide fan from Huntsville, AL, with a deep seated hatred for anything auburn, so strong in fact I had to go all the way to Starkville, MS to get my undergrad degree in Forestry with Wildlife Management at Mississippi State University. So goes my parent's and scholarship money so goes my loyalty. I am happily bleeding Maroon and White, ringing my cowbell, and yelling Hail State and Go To Hell Ole Miss.
It will be interesting to see at the end of the season WHEN not if Florida is looking for a new coach how much attention Mullen will get. I believe that they just might be after him real hard after seeing what he has done at State (which is pretty amazing considering how State is typically a doormat and now we're more run of the mill, and this year we look damn good). Since he was OC in the Meyer glory days they might drop a fat offer on his desk, and I hope Scott has some tricks up his sleeve to keep Mullen here in Starkville. Dan and Megan seem happy here and he didn't jump out as soon as possible. With the future looking bright and a good raise I hope we can keep Dan as the Man in Starkvegas for another couple-three hundred years.
I've heard a bunch of stuff about our kicking situation from a few sources, unreliable at the very best. I think some online source that was semi-reliable had a story about a 2015(?) kicker out of West Point, MS but it sounded like he didn't have an offer. I heard they were interested in some kid at a JUCO that was fairly decent. I also heard that there was some kicker out of south MS that was supposed to be a stud that wanted to come to State but Dan Mullen wouldn't 'waste' a scholarship on a kicker. Basically everyone thinks they know where Mullen can find a 60+ yard kicker every day of the week. I wish all the people I talked to were actually telling the truth and Mullen has his pick of the litter and just picks one up.
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State actually has four posters this year. Quarterback Dak Prescott, senior center Dillon Day, junior linebacker Benardrick McKinney and senior defensive tackle Kaleb Eulls. They all look pretty much the same. I like all the posters this year except Alabama and Florida, I have mixed feelings about the yellow poster for TSUN, I mean are we supposed to act like that's not Ole Piss? Hail State!!! GTHTSUN!!!!!
I think both sides make fairly good arguments, however, I tend to believe they deserve to get paid. I understand they get free tuition which is pretty good. I understand that other students cannot have a part time job because of extracurricular activities other than football. However, football makes the school a lot of money. There would be a lot of other activities that would not be available unless the student covered 100% of the cost without football. I'm not saying they should be making money hand over fist, but the equivalent of minimum wage for 20 hours a week is not unacceptable. I also think each player should be able to apply for money to cover the cost of their family to visit their games. I have always been able to go to school AND work, I also have a decent amount of scholarship money. The fact of the matter is these players cannot work and a lot of them don't have any money coming in from their guardians. I know there are a lot of other students them may be in the same boat, but if you are a football fan and you watch them play every Saturday and you're not willing to let them have a little bit of money here and there for all the work they put in all week then you are a toolbag. They need to be paid, and the NCAA needs to find a good way to let it happen and implement a well regulated system to ensure that it is fair for everyone.
I actually sort of like this idea but not the way June has it playing out. I would love to see the FCS or the Div II schools play in the spring. I honestly believe if their football season didn't coincide with the FBS season then they would have larger fan bases. People don't want to talk about who Alabama A&M beat Saturday when Alabama or Auburn are playing, plain and simple. We'd get football for three extra months, and they would get more fans keeping up with them, and possibly going to their games. I don't think having every conference other than the Big 5 is a reasonable scenario. Personally I want to have these conferences still playing with everyone else. I don't think they are so far off that they can never really compete, I don't think they want to be cut off from the Big 5 either.
I wouldn't be surprised with a 10 win season at all, however, I am trying to keep my expectations in check. Just about every time State or TSUN gets hype they underwhelm in incredible fashion. I think we have the players and I think they have the work ethic, talent, and mindset to really do some damage this year. Comparing this year's team with previous years and their records this should be a 10ish win season, realistically I think we will have a successful season with 8-9 wins. Anything less and I will be disappointed, anything more than 10 and we'll probably have to drive a bus around to pick up all the State fans that just had a heart attack.
I agree Prescott should be getting more love in some of these rankings. Not that they have anything to do to with performance, but when it comes to getting awards at the end of the season hype has a lot to do with them sometimes. I think he has shown on the field that he is the number two or possibly the number one QB in the SEC I think he and Marshall given the same team would be a very tight race, and with how hard Prescott plays I think he just might come out on top. If Steele is going off of potential and performance (which I'm sure he is) Maty Mauk and Dylan Thompson both have ground to stand on against Driskel and Wallace. If I am able to pick any starting QB to have on my team from the SEC this year, luckily I'd pick the guy I'll be rooting for anyway in Dak Attack Prescott.
I somewhat agree with Wolfman, I understand that Auburn was the best team in the SEC last year but I don't think Nick Marshall carried that team. He probably has made huge leaps in the off season and we very well may see him do that this year. I am not terribly upset seeing him at first team he probably will have a very good argument for it at the end of this season. On the other hand Bo Wallace as second team, I don't know. I haven't seen anything out of that dude except in some flashes that I have seen out of just about every SEC QB that makes me think he is the second best QB in the SEC. I'd go on a whim and put Driskel there before Bo, heck I'd probably have to throw Coker or Mason pretty much sight unseen before I put Wallace there.
I may be the only one but I love this team of analysts. I've always loved Tebow, and Finebaum should add some color to the commentary. If he can talk about games objectively then great he should have great input, and if he can't then there should be some really fun discussions. Please let him not be objective, pleeease.
I really think Mullen is underpaid for what he has done at State, he's winning more games than what is traditionally the case in a time when the SEC especially the west has been more dominant than in any other time in history. He should be at the 3 million mark. It's not a huge gap from where he is now but still.
Why does 247sports have him listed as a Pro-Style when every other site has him listed as a Dual-Threat. Come on 247sports get your game face on.
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I don't necessarily believe that this stuff doesn't go on as far as illegal benefits for players to sign. I am however, highly skeptical that a 3 star recruit would be offered a corvette. I mean what a waste, if he was a 4 or 5 star stud his story would carry a little more weight but I don't believe this particular scenario. Do other players receive benefits at every major D1 school, probably yes, but a new sports car to every 3 star kid that won't start until he is a junior, please.
According to Geoff Collins twitter account Deonte Skinner got on with the New England Pats
I have to agree, and I'll go a step further, if any three teams teams underwhelm with a lot of hype its UGA, UM, and MSU. UGA usually gets a good bit of hype and disappoint not matter how hard I cheer for my dawgs back east, fortunately they do have years they live up to or exceed the hype. TSUN always sucks when they have a lot of hype (not knocking on winning seasons, especially 7 or 8 win seasons) but it seems every year they are a "dark horse contender for the west" and are out of the conversation early in SEC play. Luckily State usually doesn't get that much hype year in and out so however we do we don't look too bad. This year is different for us because we have a relatively easy schedule and an unreal number of returners, and a QB that fits Mullen's system like a glove. I hope we can live up to the hype we've been getting and can upset some people, especially those turds on the Plains (Too high of expectations? I'll go back to the cellar.)
I think TSUN, Mizzou, and dear ol' State have an argument to be on this list. Not that it matters I expect all three to see the top 25 when football season starts. I am hoping and expecting that State will get deep into the top 25 by the time the season ends and I'm hoping the Egg Bowl features two ranked teams to when we win it'll be that much sweeter Hail State.
That is amazing.
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This is awesome, it looks great. +1 Kentucky.
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I have to agree with Jecmoore, Utah State isn't terrible and they will most likely give UT fits, and Arkansas State is a very good ball club, both of these teams are solid mid-level teams who always come to play. They always have nothing to lose and they sure as crap play like it.
Knowing that it would only affect on average 4 to 6 plays a game makes me think this rule has a better chance of passing and could POTENTIALLY be good for some of the reasons people are stating. The fact of the matter is defenses could've used the 10 seconds to change players on every down except for 4 to 6 of them per game, but couldn't take the chance of doing that not knowing when one of those 4 to 6 plays might occur. I don't see the rule changing that much, I have a hard time believing that changing players in and out is the only things defenses have a hard time overcoming against a HUNH offense. There are a lot of other factors do be considered when trying to defend it. Honestly, before they vote on it one way or another I think they really need to try and decide if there is any evidence that can point to it honestly helping player safety. I definitely don't believe anyone can say for sure right now that this rule would or would not help player safety. At one point we didn't believe smoking was bad for you, and we also thought that washing your hands was. I really think people need to hold off on picking sides until further evidence is provided. I agree with Muschamp, at this point it is ridiculous for much of anyone to be picking sides when we don't have enough information for form well informed decisions.
I totally agree, I don't think anyone can blame him. I love coach Franklin and have always liked Vandy I hate to see him go but I think he deserves to have the opportunity to show what he can do with a program with the resources like Penn State. I do hate PSU and wish he would have went somewhere else but I definitely wish him all the best luck in the world.