Another Saturday, another edition of the Saturday news and notes. This one will be greatly abbreviated in relation to the two previous editions, as I am getting ready, like many of you, to head out for the holidays. But, before we take off, there are a few links and notes worth checking out for your Saturday. Hope you're not headed out shopping today, but if you are, good luck!
- One of the biggest stories related to MSU sports this week was the kicking off of the junior college early signing period for college football. Mississippi State signed two talented athletes: EMCC's Justin Cox, and Tyler (TX) CC's Jeremey Chappelle. Both are expected to be immediate impact players for State. Additionally, there were other names that State was hopeful to possibly be able to sign, such as EMCC's Za'Darius Smith (Kentucky) and NECC's Lavon Hooks (Ole Miss), that signed elsewhere.
- If you follow recruiting, another big story to keep an eye on in 2013 will be that of MSU quarterback commit Cord Sandberg. Sandberg, recruited for his Tebow-style running of the spread formation offense, is also an ultra-talented baseball player, and is considered to be a high draft choice in next summer's MLB Draft. Therein lies the question: does he go to college to play football, or does he take the money? Since his commitment earlier this year, it has begun to look more and more like Cord may be headed the baseball route, and really, no one could blame him. His draft stock continues to rise week after week, and he might have himself positioned for the first couple of rounds come June. Here's a good story, courtesy of the Bradenton Herald, on Cord switching back to baseball mode now that football season is completed for the QB. Also, here's a quick breakdown on Sandberg the baseball player from SBNation's own Minor League Ball.
- Also, if you're in to recruiting, you'd be mistaken to miss out on our own recruiting correspondent JLgrindin's great catch-up on MSU's recruiting class following up the JUCO signing period and heading towards National Signing Day for high school football players on February 6th. Great stuff.
- Bowl practice continued on this week, and there are plenty of updates on how it's been going so far. Here's a few from Brandon Marcello: on the scrimmage last Sunday, a few more notes on the scrimmage, and one final update before the team breaks for Christmas. Also, here's a few post-practice interview videos from Brad Locke. And finally on bowl practice, some thoughts from Bob Carskadon on last Sunday's scrimmage.
- Also from Bob, a Q&A with MSU RB Josh Robinson.
- On Tuesday, members of the football team took a break from the grind of bowl practice and helped out the Salvation Army, acting as the bell-ringers at the Starkville Wal-Mart location.
- It may only be December, but baseball season is right around the corner, folks. With baseball season nearing, some rankings are already starting to emerge, and we got our first one this week from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. Mississippi State was ranked 13th in the initial poll, and was one of nine SEC teams in the top 26 of the initial poll. The Arkansas Razorbacks, our SEC West foes, start the season off at number one.
- If you are a Bulldawgs 247 subscriber, chances are that you've already seen this, but I will link it anyways. Paul Jones gives the latest edition of the "Odds Are" ($), where he gives the odds he sees for recruits, situations, and various additional things concerning MSU Bulldogs football, baseball, and basketball. Check it out.
- An interesting look by Forbes at how much Facilities influence a college football recruit's decision to attend one school versus the other. Lots of information on MSU's new facility included.
- Paul Jones gives a video tour of the new Seal Complex that the media was allowed to tour last week.
- From Brandon Marcello, more information on ticket sales for the Gator Bowl, and how it and other Florida bowls aren't doing as strongly this year.
- More preseason baseball accolades roll in for Mississippi State, as three Bulldogs - Adam Frazier, Hunter Renfroe, and Jonathan Holder, were all named to the Louisville Slugger All-American team. Frazier was tabbed to the second team, while Holder and Renfroe were both given third team honors. The Bulldogs open up the 2013 campaign in just under two months, February 15-17, at Dudy Noble Field.
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- Tweet of the week, definitely:
Even Mark Sanchez's wedding won't have a reception.— Happy Gilmore (@_Happy_Gilmore) December 18, 2012
- This definitely affects Mississippi State, but I will put it here, as it pertains to other teams as well. The SEC announced today that it will again, for the second time in as many seasons, expand the SEC Baseball Tournament. The tournament, which moved from 8 teams to 10 in 2012, will now move to a 12 team format. The tournament, which has also traditionally sported a double elimination - single elimination format, will now adopt a single-double-single format. Seeds 5-12 will play on Tuesday, and then four teams will move on to face the top four seeds on Wednesday, kicking off the double elimination portion of the tournament. This move has been coming ever since the league announced the addition of Texas A&M and Missouri, but this is the first year it will be in effect. Here's a glimpse at the new bracket if you care to take a look.
- I would be remissed if I did not include this interesting story. NPR sat down with top officials from both UPS and FedEx to ask them: how many workers would it take Santa to pull off his deliveries each year? The numbers are pretty cool.
- If any of you are still doing last minute shopping for that alcoholic in your life, there's this.
- This is definitely a cool thing: a doctor diagnoses all of the injuries to the two burglars - Marv and Harry - from Home Alone. A solid click of the mouse if there ever was one.
Merry Christmas to you all! I hope it's a wonderful holiday for each of you, and hopefully you get everything (mostly) that you wanted this year. Also, make sure you don't forget the real meaning of the season.