Rumored Arrest in Oxford: Fulmer Cup Lead?

Rumored Arrest in Oxford: Fulmer Cup Lead?

It’s the time of the year when fans are as anxious as we can get for football season. The same goes for the players as they go through team workouts. The main difference is that anxious players blowing off steam in an empty college town can result in an early lead for The Fulmer Cup.

Let me say that I greatly appreciate everyone that keeps me informed of all the rumors through my site email because there is no way I’d have the time to wade through a ton of forums everyday. Today I woke up to an email saying that it was being discussed on Ole Miss pay boards that Nick Brassel and Barry Burnetti were arrested for possession of marijuana. All the same info from the Ole Miss pay board is now on a free forum six pack speak.

Let me be the first to say that these are just rumors and they aren’t confirmed by anyone. I did some searches and there aren’t any records of there arrest to be found online. As of right now, I’m operating under the stance that they are innocent of these rumors.

IF these rumors were true there would be some damning effects. You would have to think that this would be the final nail for Brassell. Coach Freeze has done everything and more to try and get him focused and on the field. Some guys just don’t have the passion to play football and be a student. Burnetti’s case would be a bit different. To my knowledge he has never had a discipline issue. I’m sure he would only get some internal punishment and be available in the fall. His situation is more like when your parents tell you “I’m not mad, just disappointed”. You would hope that Burnetti being a senior and Wallace still rehabbing, he would have better judgement.

One thing about Oxford is that it always seems that OPD arrest a ton of football players this time of the year. If these rumors turn out to be true, Freeze’s Rebels would take an early Fulmer Cup lead.

MSU Commit Tracker 5/30

MSU Commit Tracker 5/30

MSU’s 2014 commitments:

Jamoral Graham 5’10 190 from Newton County. WR/DB. 4.5 40. Composite 4 star. Could play DB or slot. He’s the kind if athlete that it will be hard to keep the ball out of his hands.

Nikia Cathey 5’8 177 from Westwood (Memphis). Slot WR. 4.4 40. Composite 3 star. Explosive playmaker who has great speed and shiftiness. His recruitment is picking up a lot of steam with more offers.

Dontavian Lee 6′ 200 from Forrest County AHS. RB. 4.6 40. Composite 3 star. Runs with a lot of power and vision. Built like a mack truck.

Lashard Durr 5’11 180 from Harrison Central. CB. Sub 4.5 40. Composite 3 star. Looks to be a prototypical lockdown corner. Great speed, agility, and coverage skills. Recruitment has been picking up with an Oklahoma offer and serious Bama interest.

Chris Rayford 6’1 200 from Byhalia. CB/S. 4.48 40. Composite 3 star. Bigger physical type DB. Could very well grow into safety but has great athleticism. Was offered and committed on the spot.

Jocquell Johnson 6-6 303 from Copiah-Lincoln CC by way of Callaway. OT. Composite 3 star. Long athletic tackle with really good feet. Recruitment really picked up since his high school career. A 4 star type talent that fills a need.

Quick Notes:

-MSU is really tight on spots so I’m somewhat surprised by the number of commitments before Big Dawg Camp. State fans have to like how Mullen continues to make MS a priority.

-Jamoral Graham has really imposed his will as the leader of this class. His excitement really shows as he works very hard on other guys. Great to have him on board early. Great follow on twitter @D1Prospect_3

-Many fans are nervous about Cathey. His has received many more offers and has said he’ll go to camps. He committed because of Brewster but Gonzales has been noted as really coming on with him. He has stated that it would “take a lot” to change his mind and that he is trying to be an early qualifier.

-By looking at offers we have out it appears we may take 3 RB’s IF they can play multiple positions. I have friends who coach high school football who love Dontavian Lee’s versatility and say he could have a future at LB. I’m not saying he’ll move, just noting a football guy’s opinion.

-Lashard Durr is a big get that we should see his rating go up after the camp circuit. He got intense interest from Saban, Oklahoma offered, and he didn’t flinch. We offered and he committed on the spot. We are seeing the Deshea Townsend effect. Also nice job by Kes Koenning on this one.

-Chris Rayford is an under the radar freak athlete. It was discovered at the Steve Robertson combine in Tupelo that he is only 16 years old. That’s amazing. Based on his age and build (I’m judging from his video) this kid may grow into a SS or even LB. I don’t care that he’s a composite 84, he is a commitment MSU fans should be excited about due to upside. I expect his rating go up after camp and more exposure.

-Jocquell Johnson fills a big need for MSU at OT. Really athletic kid that I never understood why he wasn’t signed and placed out of high school. In my opinion, he is a 4 star talent athletically. One thing to log in the back of your mind is that he went to Callaway and there are some other prospects from Callaway MSU is pursuing.

-As usual for State fans, expect a few commitments at Big Dawg Camp which is right around the corner.

Possible Commitments Next on Deck:

Aeries Williams 6’1 205 from West Point. RB. 4.5 40. 247 4 star. He has been on the brink for a while. MSU is his clear leader. Williams is a big time back that would be a huge addition. Look for MSU to push at Big Dawg Camp.

Gerri Green 6’5 210 from Greenville. LB/DE. 4.6 40. Composite 3 star (.005 from being a composite 4 star). The KJ Wright clone has had MSU as his leader and could be close. As with Williams, expect MSU to roll out the red carpet at Big Dawg Camp.

Jesse Jackson 6’2 195 from Petal. WR. 4.5 40. Composite 4 star. MSU has been the leader for some time but put me in the group that believe Mullen should push for and take his commitment. Mullen and Gonzales should try to pull out all the stops at Big Dawg Camp to get him in the boat. It is starting to look like he may take his time but a strong push could get him on board.

Lebron Should Play CFB After Retiring

Lebron Should Play CFB After Retiring

As this story came across my SC feed it immediately grabbed my attention. In my opinion Lebron James is the best basketball player that’s ever lived (debatable I know). I won’t stop there. I think he is hands down the best athlete in sports. He is an absolute freak of nature at 6-8 250, great speed, agility, and I’m going on a limb to guess that he has good arm strength. He plays basketball with great vision and intelligence, both necessary attributes to play QB. I agree with Joe Theisman, he should give QB a run.

Here’s my twist on things. Lebron has made a fortune and the NFL is a brutal game. Not only that, adjusting to the NFL as a QB after never playing the position is probably too much to ask even for the best athlete in the world. Lebron went straight to the NBA from high school. He should have NCAA eligibility in football. He should go to college.

Do I have your attention now? The NFL is a pro style QB league. I think we can all agree that he is a dual threat QB. Can you imagine Lebron James in Gus Malzahn, Dan Mullen, or Urban Meyer’s offense. I theorize that in these offenses his athleticism could lesson the passing learning curve and he could be effectively immediately.

Lebron has all the fame, money, and respect an athlete could want. The only thing he missed in life was college. He has nothing left to prove professionally or financially. Nothing makes better sense for Lebron playing football than returning to college. If Lebron James running the spread option doesn’t give you the chills, you are either dead or not a football fan.

Here is ESPN News Services Release:

When Joe Theismann watches LeBron James play basketball, he sees a potential NFL quarterback.

The former Washington Redskins quarterback expressed his belief in telephone interviews to Fox Sports Florida on Saturday and to the NFL Network’s “NFL AM” show Tuesday.

“I would love to work him out and also serve as his agent. I’ll go wherever he wants this summer. He could play another four years in the NBA before seriously trying the NFL,” Theismann told Fox Sports Florida. “There are not a lot of 38- or 39-year-old basketball players, but there are 38- and 39-year-old quarterbacks, so there’s always time for him.”

Theismann on Tuesday told the NFL Network that his comment about serving as James’ agent was made “tongue-in-cheek” but he was sincere in his belief that the NBA superstar could play quarterback.

LeBron James’ passing skills could translate to the NFL, Joe Theismann believes.

“Who wouldn’t want to coach LeBron James? He’s the most physical specimen we have in professional sports,” he told the NFL Network. “He could do, I think, anything he wanted.”

Theismann said the biggest thing the NBA’s reigning MVP would have to work on is his footwork, which he said is the “most important element” to throwing the ball accurately at the NFL level. He also wonders whether James’ hands are too big to wrap around the football.

But there’s no doubt, Theismann said, that the 6-foot-8, 250-pound James has the mental toughness to play quarterback.

“He’s as mentally as tough a guy you’re going to find, which I think is the No. 1 prerequisite to play the position,” he told the NFL Network.

James played receiver for two seasons at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. He was asked whether he could play quarterback after the Heat’s Game 1 victory over the Indiana Pacers last week.

“I have the ability,” James told reporters. “I can see and read plays. I study a lot, so I know defenses and things of that nature. So I would have been pretty good if I had decided to go for it.”

Julie Hermann and Rutgers: So PC It’s Sickening

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Julie Hermann should do every woman in America who has professional aspirations in the sports world a favor and resign. Not often do women get the chance to be an AD in a BCS Conference and her insistence that she deserves the opportunity is disgraceful. She was able to get the job after AD Tim Pernetti was forced out for actions of former basketball coach Mike Rice and his treatment of players.

Rice’s firing, coupled with Pernetti’s job loss, should have signaled that Rutgers was saddened and sickened. It should have signaled that they learned from their mistakes and would take these lessons forward as a program. The thing that really irritates me on this is that the public clamored for Pernetti’s job for initially giving very loose support for Rice. Isn’t that what you want from leadership? The fact that he didn’t rush to immediate judgement before making decisions that change people’s lives is what an honest person would want out of their bosses. Eventually Rutgers gave in to the public pressure and forced Pernetti out. For context, I’m not in a huge disagreement with that decision.

Fast forward to the last few weeks. Around the 1rst of May, reports of a discrimination lawsuit involving Julie Hermann surfaced. While coaching volleyball in 1997 at Tennessee, she lost a $150,000 decision for the Volunteers by telling an assistant coach she was fired for poor performance. The problem was that she was caught on camera saying that is was because the assistant coach was pregnant. This is strictly prohibited in numerous forms of legislation such as the The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978. This is just the tip of the iceberg…

The very thing that cost Pernetti and Rice their jobs was abuse of players. Hermann decided to quit her job 16 years ago as the volleyball coach at Tennessee rather than face the allegations of all 15 of her players. The 15 players went on to write a letter to the Tennessee AD. The players said Hermann called them “whores, alcoholics and learning disabled” and they wrote: “It has been unanimously decided that this is an irreconcilable issue.” She was also accused of abuse such as forcing players to do 100 push-ups during games and making the team wear practice clothes inside out in hopes to humiliate them. The funny thing is how awful she had to be for her players to go to this measure. Rice’s players didn’t even do this. He was caught on camera. Herman’s response to their letter shows more unapologetic arrogance, “I choose not to coach you guys.”

You may not believe it but it gets worse. When recently asked about this situation by the Star-Ledger Hermann answered, “I never heard any of this, never name-calling them or anything like that. None of this is familiar to me.” How dumb does Hermann think the public is? She expects people to believe that she doesn’t remember why she left Tennessee? Give me a break with those lies.

Her comments continue to show her lack of remorse. “I never considered withdrawing because I feel very qualified to lead Rutgers into the future and into the transition into the Big Ten and I do feel the support of the Rutgers community.”

Her alleged abuse at Tennesee was so bad that “Several women said playing for Hermann had driven them into depression and counseling, and that her conduct had sullied the experience of playing Division I volleyball.” As the plot thickens, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie wants to speak to the Rutgers officials.

The thing that makes me so angry is how “Public Correctness” and not “doing the right thing” is driving every decision at Rutgers. Mike Rice was fired because the public demanded it after his abuse of players. I’m ok with that. Tim Pernetti was forced out because the public demanded it for not immediately canning Rice. I’m not near as behind this decision because I’m a fan of due diligence but i can live with it. The only reason Hermann isn’t being disqualified is because she’s a woman. I guarantee Rutgers fears the womenist groups that would no doubt be after them if they disqualified Hermann. The PC crux that they now find themselves in is that a large portion of the public is getting vocal about keeping her. The common sense thought is how could you hire an AD who is a proven discriminator and probable abuser right after essentially firing 2 men for abuse? It defies logic and reasoning. I could deal with her hiring if she would acknowledge her mistakes and apologize. In my mind, there are too many extremely intelligent women who are qualified to be a BCS AD for an unapologetic abuser to cling to her job and skirt honesty and reason like Nancy Pelosi.

Blog – Regionals announced, MSU gets familiar foes (with video)

Good work by Ben Wait covering MSU for SDN. Who is ready to pack out the Dude?

The Starkville Daily News Bulldog Blog

Mississippi State found out Sunday that it would be hosting a regional. On Tuesday the teams to participate in the regional were announced.

MSU will be joined by No. 2 seed South Alabama, No. 3 seed Mercer and No. 4 seed Central Arkansas.

“I think it’s a great field,” MSU head coach John Cohen said who has led MSU to three consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament. “We’re very familiar with these guys.”

The Bulldogs are making their 33rd appearance in the NCAA Tournament. It is the 12th time State will host a regional and the first time since 2003.

Here are videos of MSU senior RHP Kendall Graveman, sophomore RHP Jonathan Holder, junior OF Hunter Renfroe and junior SS Adam Frazier.

The winner of the Starkville Regional will meet the winner of the Charlottesville, Va. regional. Virginia, the No. 6 overall seed, will anchor the Charlottesville…

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Regional Action Back at The Dude

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For the first time since 2003 and the 12th time in school history, MSU gets to host a regional at famed Dudy Noble Park. It’s been a long drought that has frustrated many Bulldog fans but Coach John Cohen’s team was able to battle through a brutal conference slate and earn the hosting nod. MSU owns all 10 of the top 10 attendances in college baseball so I’d expect record crowds in Starkville. Here’s the NCAA’s release which also details the pairings and remaining selections:

INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA Division I Baseball Committee announced the 16 regional sites for the 67th annual NCAA Division I Baseball Championship.

The 16 regional sites, with host institutions and records (through May 26) are as follows:

2013 DIVISION I BASEBALL REGIONAL HOSTS
CITY, STATE VENUE HOST (RECORD)
Baton Rouge, La. Alex Box Stadium LSU (52-9)
Blacksburg, Va. English Field Virginia Tech (38-20)
Bloomington, Ind. Bart Kaufman Field Indiana (43-14)
Chapel Hill, N.C. Boshamer Stadium North Carolina (52-8)
Charlottesville, Va. Davenport Field Virginia (47-10)
Columbia, S.C. Carolina Stadium South Carolina (39-18)
Corvallis, Ore. Goss Stadium Oregon State (45-10)
Eugene, Ore. PK Park Oregon (45-14)
Fullerton, Calif. Goodwin Field Cal State Fullerton (48-8)
Los Angeles, Calif. Jackie Robinson Stadium UCLA (39-17)
Louisville, Ky. Jim Patterson Stadium Louisville (46-10)
Manhattan, Kan. Tointon Family Stadium Kansas State (41-17)
Nashville, Tenn. Hawkins Field Vanderbilt (51-9)
Raleigh, N.C. Doak Field North Carolina State (44-14)
Starkville, Miss. Dudy Noble Field Mississippi State (43-17)
Tallahassee, Fla. Dick Howser Stadium Florida State (44-15)
*Record through May 25.
By virtue of being awarded a regional, all 16 host institutions have also been selected to the 64-team championship field.

Each regional field features four teams, playing in a double-elimination format. All 16 regionals are scheduled to be conducted May 31 through June 3.

Two institutions are hosting for the 20th time or more as Florida State leads the list of schools with 30 and LSU with 21. South Carolina is hosting for the 15th time. Mississippi State (12th) and Cal State Fullerton (11th) are the only other institutions to host 10 or more times since the NCAA went to the regional format in 1975.

North Carolina is hosting for the eighth time, while Virginia is hosting a regional for the seventh time and UCLA is hosting for the fifth time. North Carolina State and Oregon State are hosting for the fourth time, while Louisville and Vanderbilt for the third time. Oregon is hosting for the second time, while rounding out the list and hosting for the first time are Indiana, Kansas State, and Virginia Tech.

Eight institutions (Florida State, LSU, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Oregon, South Carolina, UCLA and Virginia) also hosted in 2012.

The ACC leads the way with five hosts, the SEC has four, and the Pac-12 has three. The Big East, Big 12, Big Ten and Big West each have one school hosting.

The remaining at-large teams, top-eight national seeds, first-round regional pairings and site assignments will be announced at noon ET Monday. The one-hour program will be shown live on ESPNU. The committee will set the entire 64-team bracket through both the super regionals and the first round of the College World Series, and will not reseed the field after play begins.

Selection of the eight super regional hosts will be announced June 3 at approximately 11 p.m. ET.

There are 30 Division I conferences which will receive an automatic berth in the field of 64, along with 34 at-large selections. The 67th College World Series begins play June 15 at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in Omaha, Neb.