Another four-star commit for Howland - Starkville native, MSU legacy, and four-star guard Tyson Carter committed to Mississippi State's 2016 class yesterday. Per Rivals, Tyson's the third top-100 player in next year's class. And if he has anything to say about it—he's actively recruiting fellow Mississippi-blue-chipper Mario Kegler—he won't be the last. Keep on doing your thing, Howland. (Oh, if you're looking for more on the legacy angle, click here to get the perspective of Tyson's proud father, Greg Carter, who was an All American forward for State's basketball team 25 years ago.)
Speaking of Howland . . . . - He visited ESPN late last week for an SEC basketball media event. Click the link for Bobby C's chronicle of Howland getting put through the ringer at ESPN. And he wasn't the only one. Women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer made the rounds at ESPN as well. If you hadn't heard, Schaefer's done a hell of a job with the ladies' team and has raised the stature of the program considerably in his time at State.
Mullen gets in some post-practice banter with the press - Yeah, it's an off week, but Mullen's job gabbing with the media is never done. Here are a couple of videos that may cover most of his Q&A (I say "may" because I just can't tell; how hard is it to post the whole freaking interview, beat writers?):
At the end of the second video, you'll see an awkward exchange where Mullen tells a reporter asking about injuries to take that junk elsewhere. To be fair to the reporter, though, Mullen just moments before commented on another player's injuries. Not sure how you can adamantly state that you never comment on injuries right after you comment on an injury. Whatever, I guess.
Dak is good at football - As we mentioned yesterday, Dak got recognized as the national player of the week after his Kentucky performance. Apparently that's just the tip of the iceberg. He was SEC Offensive Player of the Week, the Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week, and the Manning Award Star of the Week. Included in the linked article are also quotes from media types and rival coaches who are now bowing down to Dak's greatness. Doesn't hurt to have his game compared to the late Steve McNair, either. Not that you need reminding, but having a QB of his caliber at MSU is mind-blowing.
A.J. Jefferson's getting his, too - A.J. Jefferson has been blowing people up all year. He's third in the SEC in TFLs, and is ninth in the league in sacks. And now he finds himself listed among thirty-one other defensive ends on a mid-season watch list for an award given to the best DE in the country.
Mizzou's starting QB is back just in time for State. Of course he is . . . . - Yeah, Missouri's offense wasn't exactly lighting the world on fire with Maty Mauk. Still, I'd rather be up against the dude who led the offense that scored three points and gained 188 yards of offense gainst Vandy. Oh well.
Forty-four years ago tomorrow, Duane Allman died at the age of 24. I know very little about the man that isn't anecdotal, and I can't claim to understand the ins and outs of his virtuosity on the slide guitar from a technical perspective. But I know he made this, and that's enough to make me take a minute and give the guy his due: