Each week on The B&B Show (a radio show I co-host on Bulldog Sports Radio) we have a segment we call ABC, which you’ve seen me mention if you follow on Twitter.
It stands for Ask Bob Carskadon and is, basically, a radio mailbag of some serious and many non-serious questions sometimes but not always relating to Mississippi State sports.
Every Tuesday, we ask for questions on Twitter (tweet them to @bobcarskadon) and now, every Wednesday, I’ll pick some good ones to answer here on the HailState Beat. (PSA on those tweets: if a twitter profile is locked, people who don’t follow it can’t see its tweets, even if they are mentioned in the tweet.)
Keep in mind, as always, opinions and views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of MSU, though sometimes they very well may.
Bob: I was sitting right next to the Ole Miss bench when this happened back on Saturday. As the crowd did it’s usual “LEFT-RIGHT” chant, the fouled-out player wisely waited until Craig sWord started his shot at the free throw line, trying to disrupt him. Sword said after the game that it didn’t affect him, and he jumped into the student section after the win to celebrate with them.
I’m all for the “sit down” cheer, but much like those at a football game who ring their cowbells when MSU’s offense is in the huddle, perhaps a bit of discretion and awareness is needed.
Ty Curran @tycurran: With the SEC Network to make MSU more than $28m next year, will Bob get a raise? Assistant coaches?
Bob: The SEC Network money will be interesting, as it is dependent on how many cable and satellite carriers pick up the channel and how many subscribers they get. My understanding is that, first, the revenue is split in some fashion between ESPN and the SEC. Then, the SEC splits its portion between itself and the 14 member institutions. The amount of money divided will [presumably] grow the longer the SEC Network goes and gains subscribers, which they have plans to make happen.
The key is that the $28 million figure is not only unlikely at the beginning, but that it will take a couple years before money even starts arriving in earnest. Making immediate plans or considering yourself richer by the millions as soon as the first show hits the air would be unwise.
As it affects things at MSU, athletic director Scott Stricklin has said multiple times that he doesn’t want to lose coaches because they weren’t being adequately paid. It’s not here yet, but the knowledge that SEC Network money is coming eventually certainly offers a touch more flexibility in that area.
Coaches across all sports will be benefactors, but there are a lot of programs, people, facilities and groups who are hoping for a piece of the SEC Network pot o’ gold. Money goes quick in an athletic department.
Jude Landry @judelandry: List from least fav to favorite: Bench Mobb music video, Dillon Day bowling and Rick Ray dancing.
Bob: Difficult to do, but I’ll give the edge to the unplanned moments, so 3. Bench Mobb video 2. Rick Ray dancing and 1. Dillon Day long-snapping a strike for sheer talent and impressiveness.
Bob: I asked about this one and the answer is that there isn’t much of an answer, yet. MSU has been assembling and going through the thoughts and ideas from the roundtables they did several months ago (if you remember those) and have continued to take input from architects, as well, while working toward an ultimate decision on what to do or not do.
There are no specific dates or timelines for when the next step begins (or what that step even is) but regular meetings are taking place and it sounds like a more concrete vision will be in place later this spring or summer. MSU’s administration wants to do it right and avoid rushing things.
Hump4Hoops @Hump4Hoops: Breakfast burritos?
Bob: Drop the burrito, just give me the breakfast. The tortilla just makes it too soggy and lunch-y. Spread the pieces of breakfast (pancakes, waffles, bacon, eggs, hash browns, biscuits, sausage, etc.) on a plate, cover it all in maple syrup and have a blast.
Brandon Vanderford @bvanderford129: Who is in the running behind Brandon Woodruff for the 2 and 3 spots for MSU’s starting weekend rotation?
Bob: Good question. It sounds like junior pitcher Jacob Lindgren will be moved to a reliever role. Junior Trevor Fitts started a few games in the postseason last year and seems a likely candidate. Might senior Ben Bracewell become a starter? Sophomores Preston Brown and Myles Gentry came on near the end of the 2013 season, as well, and that’s all without mentioning the many new arms on campus.
Suffice to say, John Cohen will have a lot of options.
Rob @bully7070: BOB, if you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?
Kurt Wirth @SEC_Nerd: Can Rick Ray get State to the postseason this year?
Bob: Can he? Absolutely. Will he? I dunno. MSU would need a pretty big run through the SEC schedule to make the NCAA Tournament (or would need to win the SEC Tournament) but State’s 11-5 record to date has Ray’s team in good position to make a postseason tournament, be it NCAA, NIT or possibly CBI.
Bob: There are a lot of options, but one of my favorites to watch and be around was Charles Rhodes. He had that Anthony Dixon-ish quality about him that made people like him and drawn to him. Plus, he was really good at basketball.
That Guy @thatguy1878: Who is more of a leader on the baseball team, Rea or Holder?
Bob: Wes Rea. Being around the team in the fall, you can see Jonathan Holder is absolutely one of the leaders, but Wes Rea is the father of this team, without question. He coaches pitchers, hitters and fielders mid-scrimmage and is looked to for any leadership need.
Bob: Signs point to yes. They got to their junior seasons in different ways, as Stratton always had talent but couldn’t quite hone his skill, while Woodruff has always had talent but has dealt with injuries.
Which is harder to overcome and is Woodruff completely healthy as he enters his junior campiagn? I’m not sure on either, but the scouts and websites who have Woodruff as a Top-100 prospect seem to think he has that potential, if not more. I tend to agree.
Blake McMullan @blakemcmullan: So Tyler Bratton is on the softball team? What is his role? Tell us a little about him.
Bob: T-Bratt! I talked to Vann Stuedeman about him and she is [rightly] pumped about adding him to her coaching staff on MSU’s softball team. Bratton played baseball at State under Ron Polk, graduating in 2007, and worked in the baseball office the last five years with Cohen.
He’ll be working with infielders and offense for Stuedeman and ought to be a strong addition to her staff.
Wesley Johnson @Wesley_Johnson: Any official word on underclassmen declaring for the draft?
Bob: The three players considering leaving early for the NFL Draft have all announced they will be returning to MSU. Rising seniors Jameon Lewis and Preston Smith will return for their senior years, while Benardrick McKinney is also returning but will again have a decision to make next year. He was a redshirt sophomore this season, meaning he had three years in college and could have declared after the 2013 season if he wanted to. He’s the highest-rated of those prospects and will again have to decide on staying or going after his redshirt junior year in 2014.
Hunter Kiker @HunterKiker: Any idea on the new offensive coordinator timetable?
Bob: I have no inside information on this one, but a couple things lead me to believe it could happen sooner rather than later. 1) Signing day is approaching fast and I’m sure Dan Mullen would like to have the new guy in place by then. 2) Mullen just returned from the NCAA coaches convention, where he presumably talked to potential candidates. 3) Mullen could promote from within, with receivers coach Billy Gonzales the prime candidate, and hire someone to coach quarterbacks without the offensive coordinator title.
Whoever Mullen hires, the offense will remain his baby. So it was when Les Koenning was at MSU, so it will be when the next person takes over, so we shouldn’t expect any major changes to the offense, if any.