Dan Mullen to Florida Not As Crazy As It Sounds

Jim McElwain didn’t endear himself to the powers that be several times since he became the head coach at the University of Florida. He started things off by knocking the facilities at the university for being poor, which was true, and he compounded his problems when he said his dog could run his offense at a high level. His offense didn’t run at a high level in the two and half seasons when he was head coach, and the Gators had plenty of off-the-field problems, with several suspended this season. Last week, he made vague references to death threats that the school seemed unable to confirm. Then add a 42-7 defeat to rival University of Georgia, and things went downhill quickly for McElwain, as he and the schools said they were “mutually parting ways.” It is surprising that the head coach for Florida is the first head coach in the SEC to be relieved of his coaching duties this season. Continue Reading

JSU Wins, MSU Ranked, UM and USM Stumble, and More

It was an interesting week of ups and downs for fans of Mississippi football. While some teams were able to climb out of a rut, others fell deeper in. On Saturday, Oct. 28, a winless Jackson State University faced an early 0-3 deficit against Mississippi Valley State University after the first quarter before jumping out to a 10-3 lead at the break—a rarity for JSU this season. Jackson State added to its lead with a touchdown in the third quarter for a commanding 17-3 lead. Continue Reading

Midseason Conerly Trophy Favorites

This might be the most wide-open season for the Conerly Trophy, which goes to the best college-football player in Mississippi each year. There are plenty of great athletes in our state this year, but no player has overwhelmed the rest of the field. There are still plenty of games left for someone to take the lead on the field. University of Mississippi quarterback Shea Patterson’s season-ending knee injury on Oct. 1 has made the Conerly landscape even less clear. Continue Reading

Patterson Out, USM and MSU for Bowl Eligibility, and More

This is quickly becoming a lost season for the University of Mississippi. The NCAA, cell-phone records and injuries have taken turns derailing this season for the Rebels. The NCAA investigation and the cell-phone records of former head coach Hugh Freeze coming to light are both well documented. The problems with the NCAA led to a bowl ban this season, and Freeze resigned after evidence of him calling escort services surfaced. Things haven’t been much better on the field, either. Continue Reading

Preseason SEC Basketball Predictions

College basketball took centerstage in the Southeastern Conference this week. The men’s teams had their media day on Oct. 19, and women’s teams had media day on Oct. 18. During the events, members of the media predicted SEC Preseason Players of the Year, All-SEC teams, and the order in which teams will finish. Continue Reading

Rebels and Bulldogs Look to End Losing Streaks

Two college football teams are going to break a losing streak this weekend when four teams on a combined 13-game losing streak collide. Vanderbilt University will try to break a three-game losing streak on the road against the University of Mississippi. The Rebels enter the game on a three-game losing streak of their own. The Commodores’ losing streak started with the University of Alabama and continued against the University of Florida. Vanderbilt spent last weekend getting beaten down by the University of Georgia. Continue Reading

SEC Coaches’ Job Security in Flux

Job security is limited to just a few head coaches in college football. University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban is one of those coaches who won’t have to worry about getting the pink slip. His winning ways mean that he would have to commit a major crime to lose his job. Mississippi State University head coach Dan Mullen has reached a good deal of job security for his results with the Bulldogs, as well. He has won 64 games, taken MSU to seven straight bowl games and earned a No. Continue Reading

MSU vs. Georgia: Bulldog Breakdown

This weekend’s meeting of the SEC Bulldogs will be interesting in several ways. Both Mississippi State University and the University of Georgia are looking to make a statement in the conference on Saturday, Sept. 23. Georgia happens to be the preseason favorite to win the SEC East. This team’s biggest achievement this season was going to the University of Notre Dame with a backup quarterback on Sept. Continue Reading

Mississippi’s Week-Two College Football Scores

Week two of the college-football season was another set of ups and down for our state. The University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University, Delta State University and Holmes Community College all are 2-0, and Hinds Community College is 1-0 after completing a game for the first time this season. The Eagles had to cancel their first game due to a power outage. The University of Southern Mississippi and Millsaps College bounced back from week-one losses to be at 1-1, and Alcorn State University lost its second game, also putting the Braves at 1-1. Other teams have not fared so well thus far. Continue Reading