MSU News and Notes | Friday, August 3, 2012

GAINESVILLE FL - OCTOBER 16: Defensive back Dennis Thames #12 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs celebrates a 10 - 7 victory against the Florida Gators October 16 2010 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Gainesville Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your captain speaking, currently we are cruising at 35,000 feet, but we will begin shortly to make our descent into college football season and please remain calNO PEOPLE SIT DOWN WE'RE NOT THERE YET NO I CAN'T GET THERE FASTER SIR STOP YELLING ROLL TIDE AT ME. Inside 30 days to football, you guys. Lots going on around the world of Mississippi State sports, especially as football reported to their first practice yesterday. Let's get down to it, shall we?

  • Football players reported yesterday for the first day of fall camp, and afterwards when Dan Mullen came to talk with the media about it, he didn't seem to be too pleased with the team's work in day 1. Here's the video:

Somewhere in there, the media start asking Dan about the health of Nickoe Whitley and Tobias Smith, to which Dan promptly gets up to exit, citing the policy the team has had under him since day one on not commenting on injuries. Dan sat back down, but the rest of the time it was like a husband and wife that had been fighting: neither really wanted to be there, mood was awkward, etc. When Dan immediately got up to leave on the first question, this is the first thing that came to mind. Here's Brandon Marcello's and Bob Carskadon's wrap ups on the first day of practice.

  • The following is a conversation between Dan and the media that I made up in light of yesterday's injury questions scaf:

Media guy: Dan what is the status of Nickoe Whitley and Tobias Smith? Healthy? Practicing? What's their status coach?

Dan: [gets up to leave] Guys you know we don't discuss injuries. 100% not happening. Nope, not here today. Absolutely can talk about anything else other than injuries.

Media guy: Okay coach no problem. So coach, how would you say Nickoe is feeling? You can talk about his feelings, can't you? That's not the same as injuries.

Dan: [sits back down] Hey you know what you're right, that is kind of different. Nickoe is feeling well, he's almost to 100%.....

That's all I have for today guys. Hope you all have a great Friday and weekend, and remember, 4 weeks from tomorrow there will be football in Starkville!

BONUS: Your Friday bonus is footage from the 1941 Orange Bowl game - Mississippi State versus Georgetown.

1941 Orange Bowl Highlights (via sparky39762)


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