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Your News and Notes are all loaded up and ready to go this morning. I promise I had notes put together for you guys and gals last week as well, but unforeseen circumstances which arose Friday morning didn't allow me to publish them. I am sorry, it won't happen
ever again anytime soon. What I had hoped to tell you was that News and Notes will soon be ramping back up to its usual posting frequency schedule. However, as football season is generally more news producing and busier than any other time of the sports calendar, we will be taking News and Notes to a 5 day posting schedule. Now, rest assured it won't be a long post every day. Some days there may be as little as 3 links in there, some days there may be 20. But my goal is to provide it to you each and every weekday morning to get your day started off (hopefully) on the right track. We plan to put together a solid weekly lineup here at the blog this fall, and I think y'all will really enjoy what we have to offer. Now, here are your News and Notes for today, August 17, 2012.
- I doubt you missed it, but in case you did, MSU officially announced details on the north endzone expansion and west side renovation at Davis Wade Stadium on Wednesday. The project will cost $75 million (does Dr. Evil pinky to mouth), will add a net 6,255 seats, with 22 new suites of various sizes, and much more. Also included in the project is the all important renovation of the west side of the stadium, which will get a brick facade facelift on the outside, as well as a complete renovation underneath in the concourse. Really exciting stuff, and all of it will hopefully be ready by August 31, 2014, when State opens the 100th campaign at Scott Field against Southern Miss. Work is scheduled to start, like, tomorrow...
- The guys at SBNation, the great blogging network we write for here at FWtCT, continue to unveil their college football All-American team, and yesterday they announced defensive backs, among other positions. I mention defensive backs because our own Johnthan Banks was named All-American, and rightfully so.
- In haters-gonna-hate rival news, Tobias Singleton has left the Ole Miss football team. Tobias, as you may remember, picked Ole Miss over MSU as a part of the Army All-American game several years ago, faking like he would grab the MSU hat only to swipe the Ole Miss one and sport it. Hey, a Bobby Hall player to Ole Miss! Shock face! Anyways, Singleton has been nothing but trouble since, and finally came to a mutual decision with the OM coaching staff to leave. Where will he end up? Possibly in the Michael Dyer home for unwanted toys, aka "between schools for 2012." Sad to see guys like Tobias, Dyer, Tyrann Mathieu, who have so much talent, yet can never seem to stay out of trouble and keep their heads on straight.
- Man, what a day Wednesday was for State fans. Not only did we finally get the juicy details on our new endzone expansion, but long desired offensive lineman prospect Jake Thomas finally committed to MSU. Thomas, a 4* from Columbus, Mississippi, had been considered to be an MSU lean for awhile, but took his visit to Stanford before making his decision. Or own JLgrindin even noted he felt Thomas would wait after Big Dawg Camp to commit, but would commit in the near future. Thomas gives State 4 OL prospects committed currently for the class of 2013, and 19 commitments overall.
- Good piece from Marcello on Nickoe Whitley, as Whitley finally is coming to 100% health after rupturing his Achilles last fall against Alabama. Whitley will be a key part of the defense this fall, playing at safety along side Corey Broomfield, who recently made the switch from cornerback to a safety position. Whitley is healthy, so now he will GO BACK OUT THERE AND UN-HEALTHY YOUR OPPOSING TEAMS PLAYERS.
- Man, not MSU related, but a huge blow to the San Fransico Giants' pennant hopes Wednesday as start Melky Cabrera was suspended 50 games without pay for failing a drug test.
- Wednesday night Wayne Madkin and Eric Moulds were joined on their Bulldog Sports Radio show by none other than Jerious Norwood. Three great Bulldogs together in one place? Definitely worth checking it out.
- The SEC offices released some internet data for the 2011-12 athletic year yesterday. Some interesting points of interest in there: on the Top 20 site traffic (to secsports.com) cities in the nation, Jackson was 10th and Starkville was 20th.
- Don't ask me why, but everytime I see this picture of Baker Swedenburg ($), I caption it in my head by saying "boy he kicked the crap out of that one."
- If you're a homeowner like myself, this thread on Sixpack talking about Bermuda care and general care of your yard comes in handy.
- Hey Scott Stricklin, I like buttons.
Happy Friday everyone, and I hope you have a good weekend. I'll be at home, staring at the calendar, waiting for it to change to September 1st. As always, if I missed anything good or of note, please leave it in the comments homies.
Your Friday video bonus comes to us today from Jim Gaffigan, talking to us about his thoughts on Hot Pockets:
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