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Bell Yeah Links! 8.25.11

Can you believe it is only 7 days until football season?! Here's a quick rundown of links.

Dogs looking to plug big hole at tackle | The Clarion-Ledger |

Four starters return across the line, but that open spot on the left side has worried coaches since last year's Gator Bowl victory against Michigan. James Carmon, a senior who moved from defensive tackle in December, could be the starter for next Thursday's opener at Memphis. All the talk out of camp leans that way.But?

"He's got a long way still to go in consistency," Mullen said. "You see some flashes of great things, then you'll just see something horrific. Our left tackle spot, we're used to consistent greatness and he needs to try and fill those shoes." - Mullen ponders depth chart

The focus this week is shifting toward Memphis, with "wholesale" game prep starting Friday. Wednesday’s work focused on red-zone situations, and the coach offered praise to both the offense and defense. More important to Mullen was the effort he saw.

"We kind of got after them a little bit after yesterday’s practice that we would need to see a certain level of effort out there when we practice, and we saw it today. That’s what I was pleased with."

A few details on announced merger of Bulldog Club, Foundation | Mississippi State sports

It was announced today the Bulldog Foundation will soon be merging with the Bulldog Club, a venture set in motion this week after several discussions among the top brass at MSU. The merger is expected to be completed July 1, 2012 and the new private entity will be known simply as the Bulldog Club.

But why the merger? Why now?

"I think it confused people," athletics director Scott Stricklin said of the separate private entities. "It’s just easier to consolidate them."

Both groups had similar tasks, though the foundation was often looked upon by fans as the "elite" group of supporters.