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Mullen’s First Recruiting Class and Staff Announcements

Posted by Kevin on February 5, 2009

As the day after National Signing Day dawns, college football junkies turn their attention to their school’s recruiting ranking. Not that these rankings actually mean anything, but it gives us something to talk about and dissect for a couple of weeks until college baseball starts back up and the regular season of college basketball winds down and our attentions turn toward March Madness.

I have no idea what Mississippi State’s historical recruiting rankings may be. My guess is we would have a trend of a national ranking of 50-70 and a conference ranking of 7-12 with an occasional big bump. What has got me excited about this year’s class is Dan Mullen and the enthusiasm and promise he brings to my beloved Bulldogs.

Sure, this is Mullen’s freshman season as the head man, but his resume speaks for itself. Everywhere he has been, he has been a winner. Having been a part of Urban Meyer‘s staff from the beginning when Meyer got his first head coaching job at Bowling Green, I feel that Mullen has been in a prime position to learn how to build a successful staff and program. They did it at Bowling Green, Utah, and Florida. Now Mullen has his shot at putting his experiences to the ultimate test in Starkville.

Mullen is a firm believer in building relationships with Mississippi high school coaches and the players that our state produces. He believes that Mississippi produces enough talent to win at the college level and has made great strides already in keeping these players close to home to “play for their state university”.

19 of the 27 players MSU signed yesterday are from Mississippi. Heck, Mullen’s staff has already been talking to the state’s top juniors about their college choice for next season. This year’s primary recruiting focus was to bring speed and a lot of receivers to the offense while filling holes elsewhere. Mullen already knows next year’s recruiting class will have more of a defensive focus and he’s made mention of forecasting his needs for two year’s down the road. Now, I’m sure many college coaches are smart enough to think long term like this, but this is something refreshing for Mississippi State fans. We are not used to having a coach with the smarts to think long term.

Perhaps the biggest gem from this class is Meridian quarterback Tyler Russell. Russell was Mr. Football this past season in Mississip, and lead Meridian to a dramatic 5A state championship that snapped South Panola’s 90-game winning streak.

Mullen’s staff also signed SEVEN… yes, seven, receivers. I don’t know if State has ever had that many receivers on the entire roster before now. Mullen says he would like to keep 10-12 receivers on the roster because they will rotate players so often to keep people fresh. Now, that’s not to say that all of these receivers will play receiver. A couple may end up at cornerback, and a couple of players signed as athletes may end up at receiver.

Mullen’s staff breaks down like this:
Dan Mullen – head coach & special teams coordinator
Less Koenning – offensive coordinator & quarterbacks coach
Mark Hudspeth – passing game coordinator & wide receivers coach
John Hevesy – running game coordinator & offensive line coach
Greg Knox – running backs coach
Scott Sallach – tight ends coach
Carl Torbush – defensive coordinator & linebackers coach
David Turner – defensive line coach
Melvin Smith – cornerbacks & nickel coach
Tony Hughes – safeties coach & recruiting coordinator
Reed Stringer – director of recruiting operations
Rockey Felker – director of player personnel & high school relations
Jody Wright – coordinator of football operations


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Yeah… so….

Posted by Kevin on September 4, 2007

Five months between posts. Procrastination at its best. So what’s happened since then?

My last post was about State’s baseball program’s ascent in the collegiate baseball polls and my concern about their defensive stats. The defense faltered down the stretch and State got into the post-season by the slimmest margins. Sure, they hit a hot streak in the regionals and super regionals, but got properly throttled in their College World Series games. But…. they did make it to the World Series and that will carry weight with recruits.

Ed Easley won the Johnny Bench award as the nation’s top collegiate catcher.

We had our second child on April 30. I finally got my boy (inside joke for the win).

Michael Vick’s boys sold him out and threw him under the train in a dog fighting scandal that’s all but ended his NFL career. It’s a shame he won’t serve a proper sentence for his actions.

And plenty of other stuff, I’m sure.

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Dear Santa,

Posted by Kevin on March 22, 2007

Christmas in June, kthnxbye.



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Groomer Accused Of Cutting Dog’s Ear Off, Super-Gluing Back On

Posted by Kevin on February 16, 2007

The full story is here.

Cliffs notes: An unlicensed groomer cuts off a dog’s ear and tries to hide the incident by super-gluing it back on.

I feel bad for the dog’s owner, and the groomer should certainly face some form of punishment, but let’s be honest here folks.  If your dog is so precious to you then DON’T TAKE IT TO AN UNLICENSED GROOMER!  And suprise, suprise… the shop where she took her dog has closed down.  Gee, never saw that coming (sarcasm).

I imagine she didn’t know they were unlicensed, but again I beg you to use some common sense here.  Anywhere you go that offers services like this will have all sorts of signage to let you know that they are licensed for whatever service they provide.  If you take your pet to a mom&pop shop to save a few bucks then you get what you paid for; an unlicensed groomer who has a couple tools to get the job done but probably doesn’t have any formal training.

Yes, I’m a grumpy bastard.

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I Am The King…

Posted by Kevin on February 13, 2007

of procrastination.

I really did start this blog with the intent to post the random crap that goes through my head.  I even have a notepad file of topics I wanted to comment on but just couldn’t find the time to do it.

Why Extreme Makeover: Home Edition picked the wrong house here.

What’s happening with the family that Extreme Makeover: Home Edition snubbed.

The ARC of Mississippi’s state conference is coming up in July and we have one helluva featured guest.

Mississippi State baseball is just a couple weeks away.

Stuff like that.  Maybe I’ll find time later today to blog about at least one of those and mark it off my list.  Don’t hold your breath…

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WTF Is This Song About?

Posted by Kevin on January 5, 2007

This song was originally written by David Bowie for Matt Hoople.  The lyrics are quite strange and make no sense to me at all.

Billy rapped all night ’bout his suicide
How he’d kick it in the head when he was 25
Don’t wanna stay alive when you’re 25

Wendy’s stealing clothes from unlocked cars
Freddy’s got spots from ripping off stars from his face
Funky little boat race
The television man is crazy
Saying we’re juvenile delinquent wrecks
Man I need a TV when I’ve got T. Rex
Hey brother you guessed
I’m a dude

CHORUS (twice)
All the young dudes
Carry the news
Boogaloo dudes
Carry the news

Now Jimmy looking sweet though he dresses like a queen
He can kick like a mule
It’s a real mean team
We can love
Oh we can love
And my brother’s back at home
With his Beatles and his Stones
We never got if off on that revolution stuff
What a drag
Too many snags
Well I drunk a lot of wine
And I’m feeling fine
Gonna race some cat to bed
Is this concrete all around
Or is it in my head
Oh brother you guessed
I’m a dude

CHORUS (repeat ad inf.)

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Nashville Star & American Idol

Posted by Kevin on January 5, 2007

Confession time:

I like American Idol.  *gasp*

I enjoy watching people get up on stage and perform.  Sure, I could do without much of the cheesy theatrics that American Idol producers spin into each episode but something about it all draws me in.  American Idol season 6 kicks off January 16 & 17 with a FOUR HOUR two-night premier.  Good lordy.  Thank goodness for TiVo.

As much as I like American Idol, I like Nashville Star a lot more.  It’s still a competition for a recording contract, but without the pseudo drama injected into every episode.  Nashville Star draws far fewer contestants, a much smaller TV audience, and very little press by comparison.  But!  I feel the talent level in Nashville Star is leaps and bounds ahead of American Idol.  The Nashville Star contestants actually have to put their song writing talents on the line during the season instead of always singing someone else’s song.  Nashville Star season 5 kicks off with a 75-minute season premier on January 11.

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SNL – A Special Christmas Box

Posted by Kevin on January 2, 2007

Instant classic!

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Elevator Etiquette

Posted by Kevin on December 7, 2006

Come on, people.  Please.  I’m begging you.  Use some damn common sense, manners, and social etiquette when using the elevator!!

/rant on

When you’re waiting for the elevator and the door opens, it’s rather rude to just barge in without letting the people already in the elevator get out.  All you do is cause a people jam for everyone.  Move your dumbass aside for all of a few seconds that it will take for people to get off the elevator.

Guys, where are your manners?!?!   Didn’t your mother ever teach you to hold doors and such for the ladies?!  Ok, so it’s an elevator and not a door perse, but would it kill you to hold the elevator door from trying to close so the women could get on first?

And, folks, when you finally do get in the elevator, KNOW WHAT FRIGIN FLOOR YOU WANT!  You’ve had time to think about what floor you’re going to, so when you get in the elevator don’t stand there like an idiot trying to figure out which button is 4.  If it says 4, it’s the 4th floor.  Dumbass.

And don’t be that guy (or gal) who presses the wrong floor and makes everyone wait that much longer to get off the elevator.  Yup, when the elevator stops at the wrong floor we’ll all be looking at you because you can’t read numbers.

/rant off

Today’s rant is brought to you by the two dumbasses at one of the buildings on campus today.  Using the busiest elevators in the entire place, not only did they rudely just barge on the elevator without letting people get out first, BOTH of them pressed the wrong floor because they couldn’t shut the fuck up for two seconds and pay attention.  They were also the only two people who thought it was funny.  I couldn’t help it.  I woke up one grumpy sumbitch this morning.  I had to say something.  So I casually mentioned how much the 4 must look like an 8.  The other people chuckled.  The two dumbasses gave me a go-to-hell look to which I responded with a great big smile.  Fuck ’em.

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Am I The Laziest Blogger?

Posted by Kevin on November 17, 2006

Good intentions.

Plenty to say.

Probably enough time to make an entry.

Yet, I just don’t find the time to come spill my thoughts here.  Call me the king of procrastination.

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