Thursday was a sllllooooowwwwwww news day in the world of MSU sports, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. At this juncture of the season, the only big news would be a major injury, a suspension, or a coaching dismissal (for our friends at Kentucky and so forth), but in Starkville, all is quiet, and that's fine with me. We were able to scrounge up for you a few links and notes to kick off your last work day of the week. Check them out below, and happy Friday!
- Dan Mullen and the MSU football coaching staff are stressing execution this week to the football team. It is safe to say there has been a lack of such for State in the last two weeks, and they will definitely need to get back on track in that department Saturday if they want to have a chance at victory.
- Coach Cohen and the MSU baseball team wrapped up fall practice last week, and this week Brad Locke caught up with coach to discuss how the team stands going into the spring.
- You can try, but I doubt you'll ever see a more glamorous picture of someone playing softball than this one:
Michael Bolton plays in a 1991 charity softball game. If you're like me, you celebrate his entire catalog: twitter.com/si_vault/statu…— Andy Gray (@si_vault) November 7, 2012
- From the Alexandria Town Talk, the hometown newspaper of MSU RB Derrick Milton, comes this good read on Milton and his time playing his role so far in Starkville. (h/t to Brad Locke for finding)
- With LSU on tap for State this weekend, let us not forget one of the biggest wins in the series for State, a 55-31 win in 1980. Included in that link is the video of Glen Young returning the opening kickoff of the second half back 100 yards to give MSU the lead for good.
- Some blogs take more of a preview approach to games during football season, while others tend to be more focused on review after the game is played. Our LSU SBNation brethren over at And the Valley Shook are the latter, and they have spent much of this week diagnosing and disecting what went wrong (and right) last Saturday for them against Alabama. Here's a read from them on some of Les Miles' decision making in that game.
- Speaking of the purple and gold bloggin' friends of ours, here's a Q&A that our own Justin Sutton did with their site in preparation for Saturday.
- All the talk last night in the college football twittersphere was (stop me if you've heard this before) about the recruiting of the number one player in the country, Robert Nkemdiche. Nkemdiche, who has for what seems like some time now been rumored to be leaning towards Ole Miss, finally decommitted from Clemson last night. Nkemdiche had been committed to the Tigers since this summer, but everyone knew even then that his recruitment was far from over, especially with his brother at Ole Miss. Despite the fact that, as of this post, Nkemdiche has not committed to Ole Miss, that seems to be the likely outcome at this juncture, with really only Alabama to challenge the Rebels for his services. But I don't have to tell you not to underestimate Nick Saban and company; they will make a hard push to land Robert, and February 1 is still a good ways away. But as of now, it would seem that the Rebels are the front runners for his services, and I can't blame them for being excited (yet cautious).
That's it for today's News and Notes folks. Hope you have a great Friday, and if you're traveling to Baton Rouge (like me), have a safe trip!
BONUS FRIDAY VIDEO is just offering up this tribute (with bonus bonus Dave Grohl devil):
Tenacious D - Tribute (via tenaciousDVEVO)