Prior to the start of the 2016 football season, MSU coach Dan Mullen frequently talked about his young team. After last Saturday’s embarrassing loss to South Alabama, a 28-point underdog, Mullen’s postgame press conference was almost a joke. It seemed like 8-10 times Mullen referred to his “young” players or “young team.” This is Mullen’s eighth season as head coach of the Bulldogs. After leading the Bulldogs for eight years, if his team is young and inexperienced, whose fault is that (note: recruiting)? This week a prominent sports show host said State has ConferenceUSA quarterbacks, a C-USA offensive line, a C-USA running back and C-USA cornerbacks. Bo Bounds was right on target. Of course, the problem is State plays in the SEC not C-USA. Even worse, South Alabama is a member of the Sun Belt Conference.
The real reason for Ole Miss’ collapse against Florida State
After leading Florida State 28-6, the Ole Miss Rebels collapsed in the third quarter against the Seminoles. Following the game, the lead sports columnist for the Jackson Clarion.Ledger listed a number of concerns for Ole Miss in the wake of the defeat. Hugh Kellenberger ignored an additional concern that was promptly called to my attention. The major reason for the loss to FSU is that the Ole Miss band is now prohibited from playing
“Dixie” and the Rebels lost all motivation. However, losing to FSU, now ranked third in the nation, in no way compares to losing to South Alabama.
Yes, the SEC, excluding Alabama, is overrated
After the opening weekend of the 2016 season, a strong argument can be made that the powerful (and often arrogant) Southeasernt Conference is overrated except for defending national champion Alabama which demolished Southern Cal. Mississippi State lost to rent-a-victim (aka cupcake) South Alabama, LSU was upset by Wisconsin, Tennessee should have lost to Appalachian State, Arkansas was very fortunate to beat Louisiana Tech, Kentucky lost to Southern Mississippi, Missouri was crushed by West Virginia, Florida barely escaped against terrible UMass. South Carolina came from behind to defeat Vanderbilt in a battle of bad teams (note: Mississippi State is a touchdown favorite over South Carolina this week) and Texas A&M survived UCLA in overtime. Auburn lost to a very good Clemson team and the Ole Miss Rebels lost to FSU on Labor Day. Give Georgia credit for a good win over North Carolina but it was not a glorious weekend for powerful SEC.
What else do you expect from the Clarion.Ledger…..
In a recent front page story, above the fold, the headline was, “I pray for my husband.”. It was an article about the woman who is married to the man accused of the brutal slaying of two nuns in Durant. The wife of the alleged murderer talks about her husband being her “soulmate” and that her name is tattooed on his arm. She told the Clarion.Ledger reporter that the couple acted like newlyweds and she discussed her religion. Was this before, during, or after one of her husband’s nine DUI’s? What a bunch of crap. I thought I was reading a love story. When I showed my wife the headline and story, she said, “What else do you expect from the Clarion.Ledger.” Something better, for sure.