Morning Linkage, etc.
Been asleep at the wheel a bit this week, y'all. Let's catch up, shall we?
Bout time, people - It was announced last night that Fletcher Cox made his first Pro Bowl. Dude's been a beast from Day 1 in the NFL. I'm glad he's starting to get some of the widespread respect he deserves.
The ladies keep on rolling - MSU's wemen's basketball team won the Puerto Rico Classic earlier this week by beating SMU in what turned out to be a surprisingly close finish. (State lead by around ten for most of the game, but SMU rallied at the end and lost by only two.) The team is now 11 - 1 and sits at No. 8 in the most recent AP poll. Two non-conference games next week (at home on Monday and on the road on Wednesday) before starting SEC play a week from Sunday.
The men hoop it up tonight in Jackson - The men's team play Northern Colorado—a three-win team out of the Big Sky Conference—tonight at 7:00 (CST) in Jackson. If you can't make it, the game will be televised on the SEC Network+. Here's a link to watch the live stream. Miss the Tulane game? Here's Howland's post-game remarks summing things up:
Eh, what? - So, apparently State's baseball team—the same one that finished last season unranked with a losing record—has done something worthy of preseason dap, because they're getting tons of respect from the media. Despite last year's debacle, we're ranked No. 11 in Collegiate Baseball’s 2016 preseason poll. No doubt the team's loaded with talent, but dang, that's a generous ranking.
Random football junk - There are a few player interviews floating around if that's your bag. Beniquez Brown, Mark McLaurin, and Donald Grey are here to quell your thirst for all things football. No news on the open positions for safety coach and strength & conditioning coach that I'm aware of, but Mullen recently did give a song and dance about the final home practice for the seniors and bowl prep. (If you'd rather read than watch, here you go.) And if you're really gung ho for the bowl game, here is the media guide that MSU has constructed for the thing, complete with the team's schedule next week and loads of stats about, well, everything.
Ah, the holidays . . . .
Seriously though, Merry Christmas