Happy Maroon Friday, friends.
We’ve got a lot going on, so this seemed like as good a time as any for a notebook catching up on the last couple days and looking ahead to the next few. rather than draw this out with words and paragraphs, let’s just hit the high points in bullet style.
- Yesterday, Mississippi State track star Erica Bougard won the SEC Championship in the pentathlon, the first person from MSU to ever do so.
- We also caught up with Brian Johnson, Dan Mullen’s new quarterbacks coach. Johnson was actually recruited by and signed with Mullen at Utah and now has the chance to work for him. Lots more on that relationship and his thoughts on Dak Prescott and the rest of the QBs is in this article at HailState.com
- Sticking with football, MSU announced the signing of one more player in the 2014 football signing class. A four-star player from Fort Lauderdale, Ravian Pierce is the 22nd member of the 2014 class and was ranked the top tight end in South Florida.
- On another football note, I caught up with Super Bowl Champion and former Bulldog KJ Wright this afternoon while he was breaking down Seahawks film with Geoff Collins. It was his first time in the new complex, which he said “is like an NFL facility.” Video of that chat is embedded at the bottom of the page.
- Back to yesterday, I wanted to make note of the women’s basketball team. They lost in overtime to No. 12 Kentucky last night, but they deserve a fair bit of praise A) for taking a top team to overtime and B) for having done so well this year both in competing with ranked teams and sometimes beating them. It was the last home game of the regular season, but there seems to be a decent chance the Bulldogs could host an NIT game if they don’t make the NCAA Tournament. Keep your schedules open.
- One last note from yesterday I thought was cool: I had a picture forwarded to me of junior golfer Ally McDonald in Golf Week Magazine as a future star in consideration for Team USA, which is obviously a big deal.
- The first of two items about time: Saturday’s doubleheader got moved back for baseball, so the new game times are friday night at 6:30, 1:00 and 4:30 Saturday, and 3:00 on Sunday.
- During those Saturday games, a film crew from ESPN and the SEC Network will be in the stadium taping a promo about the Left Field Lounge. Their plan is to get footage of the crowd and talk to some fans, so flag them down if you see ’em walking around. You might end up on TV.
- While on the subject of baseball, I wanted to pass along an impressive statistical nugget Kyle Niblett dug up. Outfielder Jake Vickerson has led off the last six games for MSU, and in those contests he’s hitting .526 (10-of-19), has scored eight runs, walked six times, stolen three bases, has three RBI and two doubles. Impressive.
- The second time note: the official Super Bulldog Weekend schedule was released. Of note, Saturday’s events start with the Maroon-White spring game at noon, followed by baseball against Ole Miss at 3 p.m. and softball hosting Alabama at 6 p.m.
- As I type this now, the 11th-ranked men’s tennis team is hosting Alabama in their first SEC match. They host Auburn on Sunday.
- The women’s tennis team is on the road at Alabama today and Auburn Sunday.
- The 14-0 softball team is in Biloxi for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Softball classic. They’ve got six games this weekend; could they hit 20-0? We’ll likely find out tonight when they play No. 12 Baylor, their biggest test of the season. They’ll return to Starkville on Wednesday to play UAB and then host Kentucky next weekend to begin SEC play.