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MSU News & Notes | Friday, March 28, 2014

Today's news and notes includes another win in the WNIT for women's basketball, Ed Orgeron speaks at MSU clinic, Sweet Sixteen action, baseball's upcoming weekend, and more.

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Congratulations to the Mississippi State women's basketball team on their big comeback win last night over Auburn to reach the quarterfinals of the WNIT.  What people may not realize is that this team is setting up to be potentially really, really good next year, as they will return pretty much all of their 2014 production in addition to adding All-Everything recruit Victoria Vivians.  Special things are coming for the women's program, and it's exciting to see as a State fan.

And now, your Friday News & Notes.


Bulldogs Rally Past Auburn Into WNIT Quarterfinals -

The lady dogs were down 14 points early in the second half, but they mounted a big time comeback, winning the game 59-54 to advance to the WNIT quarterfinals.  They will host South Florida at The Hump Sunday at 5, so make sure you go out and support them if you're in town.

Sights and Sounds: Nick Griffin takes on Benardrick McKinney, Kickers split uprights - Clarion Ledger

More updates from spring practice, which by the way Ed Orgeron attended yesterday...


Speaking of Coach O...

FWtCT *obtains* a copy of Ed Orgeron's speech for the MSU Coaching Clinic - FWtCT

He was in town to speak at the coaches clinic last night, and even though we don't have a transcript of his speech, thankfully we're friends with @twoydsandacloud, so we got an exclusive copy of *what he said*

Arkansas Visits The Dude For Three-Game Set Against No. 13 MSU -

After winning the first two SEC series of the year, MSU will invite in struggling Arkansas this weekend for an SEC West weekend series at Dudy Noble.  While the Hogs are struggling, MSU will need to play its best and stay focused in order to win a third straight conference series.  First pitch tonight is at 6:30.

MSU vs. Arkansas Weekend Preview - The Daily Grind

Ryan Higgins from Arkansas Fight dropped in to chat with Justin and Joe last night on the daily grind, and he discussed the Razorbacks baseball season to date, and what he sees playing out on the weekend.  If you're able to see the player, you can listen to the audio via the player below, or use the link above.


NCAA Tournament: Florida, Arizona move on to Elite 8 - SBNation

Florida, Arizona, Dayton, and Wisconsin all clinched Elite 8 berths last night.  The other half of the Sweet 16 will be played tonight.

Roddy White follows through on bet - ESPN

TAKE NOTICE ATHLETES/FAMOUS PEOPLE - Do not say things in jest on Twitter, or off-cuff, because people will hold you to them.  That's what happened to Falcons WR Roddy White, who tweeted a fan that he'd "Buy him 50 yard line, first row tickets" if Duke lost to Mercer. They did.  At first it looked like White was going to try and shimmy out of the bet, but it looks like Roddy paid up.  Good on him.

And your Friday bonus video...


Michael Bay's quest to make movies out of all of our childhood favorites continues /preemptively buys script rights for Power Rangers.   Also, who's excited about some deep character acting from Megan Fox!

At first I had mixed feelings about this movie seeing the preview and given Bay's career, but I've abandoned all concern in favor of embracing excitement for this movie.  Here's the thing about Bay's films - they're as deep emotionally as a puddle in the Piggly Wiggly parking lot, but there's always tons of action, explosions, everything is on a gigantic scale, and they're mostly fun to watch.  Granted, he basically gave up on script writing on the last two Transformers movies - even for Bay they were bad -, but if you know what you're getting going into his movies then they're usually an enjoyable experience.  He's never going to direct the next Casablanca or Shawshank Redemption, but we all know that full well by now.  It may make me a simpleton, but I'm looking forward to this one.

Will his version ever compare in my mind to the ones from the 90s?  No way.  Those were classics.  But again, we should all go into seeing this movie with that in mind.  Besides, even if we did try to tell Bay that his turtles were a bit bulbous and way too big, he'd probably just cut us off mid sentence with a gigantic explosion of fireworks off about 500 yards behind him.  Basically, I picture Bay to be like Danny McBride's character in Tropic Thunder.