Hail State Combo: The Notebook and ABC Mailbag, 3-12 edition

It’s a slow week on campus with all the students out of town for spring break and most of the athletics teams in action on the road, but there are still a few things worth pointing out.

BHDFFYJSFCHUGPX.20131121195821As a means of consolidation, we’ve got a combo Notebook and ABC post, starting with a few quick notes and followed by the mailbag.

  • At 8:30 central, the Mississippi State basketball teams plays Vanderbilt in the first round of the SEC Tournament, which will be broadcast on SEC TV. MSU lost their regular season game with Vandy, but it was probably their best defensive performance of the year. If the Bulldogs win tonight, they’ll play Ole Miss tomorrow for the third time this season.
  • MSU announced dates for spring football practice today, with 14 of the 15 practices open to the public. The full schedule:

Tuesday, March 18 – 4 p.m.

Wednesday, March 19 – 4 p.m.

Friday, March 21 – 4 p.m.

Saturday, March 22 – 11 a.m.

Tuesday, March 25 – 4 p.m.

Thursday, March 27 – 4 p.m.

Friday, March 28 – 4 p.m.

Saturday, March 29 (Scrimmage in Davis Wade Stadium) – 11 a.m.

Tuesday, April 1 – 4 p.m.

Thursday, April 3 – 4 p.m.

Saturday, April 5 (Scrimmage, location TBA) – 11 a.m.

Tuesday, April 8 – 4 p.m.

Thursday, April 10 – 4 p.m.

Saturday, April 12 (Maroon and White Spring Game in Davis Wade Stadium) – Noon

  • Rosie Dion

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    Sophomore righthanded pitched Preston Brown had a career night yesterday as the MSU baseball team shutout Southern Illinois 3-0. The Diamond Dawgs begin SEC play this weekend at Georgia.

  • After two rounds on Tuesday, the women’s golf team is dominating their invitational in Hawaii, sitting in first place as a team with four Top-10 individuals in play.
  • The men’s golf team notched a third-place finish in the Tiger Invitational at Auburn, including a second-place overall finish by Chad Ramey.
  • The women’s tennis team got back into the polls this week following a big win over Tennessee, checking in at No. 61, the highest ranking in nearly five years.
  • Also wanted to pass along an NFL note: Anthony Dixon is reportedly in Tennessee today for a free agent visit with the Titans. Sylvester Croom is the running backs coach there, so there’s certainly a connection.

And now, for ABC.

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Each week on The B&B Show (a radio show I co-host on Bulldog Sports Radio; you can listen to today’s full show here) 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.

To draw some semblance of a line, the topics are conveniently divided in sports and non-sports.

Sports Questions:

mississippi-state-jonathan-holder-061513Eva S. Brandon @evastricklin: Any chance we’ll see Holder put into the pitching rotation after his performance against Arizona?

Bob: His career-long performance on Sunday, beginning in the second inning, was quite impressive. It reminds a bit of when John Cohen put Holder in against Ole Miss on Sunday of their series last spring. It was something of a desperation move, as the Bulldogs had been in a rut, and MSU went on to win that game, starting a run that ended in Omaha. Not to say that will or won’t happen this time, but it bears remembering.

As to the question, Holder will certainly stay in the bullpen, but the emergence of Jacob Lindgren, Will Cox and Myles Gentry in save situations offers Cohen and pitching coach Butch Thompson a fair bit more flexibility than they may have had last year, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see more things like Sunday, though probably not to that extreme level.

@Stoli_Dan: If there was no Prescott and you could take any other returning college QB in the nation, who would it be?

Bob: Assuming it’s got to be a returning starter from elsewhere, Florida State’s Jameis Winston seems like the obvious answer after winning the Heisman. However, I might be overthinking this, but I actually lean to Oregon’s dual-threat star QB Marcus Mariota, who seems like he would be a better fit for Dan Mullen’s offense. Interesting question.

Hump4Hoops @Hump4Hoops: Describe the state of the major MSU sports teams in one word each.

Bob: I did this in rapid-fire succession on the radio, so I’ll share those first-word-coming-to-mind answers.

Football: Promising.

Basketball: Rebuilding.

Baseball: Competing.

That Guy @thatguy1878: If Dak were to get injured in the first game and miss the rest of the season, what would your record prediction be?

0fa519bd4c4937f51053b17b799e28cbBob: Are people nervous about Dak? The immediate thought is that it would decrease MSU wins by at least a couple. Losing a star quarterback, no matter who you are, is pretty detrimental.

That said, MSU was twice without both Prescott and Tyler Russell last year, and in each instance true freshman QB Damian Williams was integral in MSU winning. He scored the game-winning overtime touchdown against Arkansas, then started and played the first three quarters and change against Ole Miss the very next week. Certainly, losing Dak would be tough, but there’s more promise in Williams than some may have expected.

Will Gilmer @gilmerdairy: Would you rather SEC basketball and baseball tourneys rotate cities or stay at a fixed location? What cities/venues would you pick to host those tournaments?

Bob: I like this question. The answer is yes, if given my choice, I think it would be fun to rotate host cities. Having some geographical diversity would be helpful for a conference which has grown significantly in footprint, finding places closer to various schools on different years. Also, if you go to a particular tournament or championship every year, it would be more fun to go to a new southern city each time, rather than the same one five years in a row.

Locations I’d like: St. Louis for SEC baseball tourney, New Orleans, Tampa, Memphis, Atlanta, Nashville, Birmingham and maybe even Charlotte, though that’s a little outside of SEC boundaries.

On the show, my co-host Brian Hadad suggested the idea of rotating the SEC football championship game from year-to-year, basically making the western division and eastern division the hosts, perhaps switching back-and-forth from New Orleans to Atlanta.

MSU Equipment @HailStateEQ: Managers or trainers?

Bob: You’ve put me in a pickle here, trying to pick between the two. I love them both equally, but if I get completely selfish about it, the equipment managers literally provide the shirt on my back. Winner: managers. Sorry, trainers. But thank you for the Gatorade.

Non-Sports Questions:

Hump4Hoops @Hump4Hoops: Rank these international pastries: churros, baklava, cannolis, strudel.

chocolate-churroBob: Again, the decisions you people ask me to make sometimes are next to impossible. There’s not a single item on this list I wouldn’t pay good money to have set in front of me right this moment.

A quick aside before the difficult rankings: it was actually Megan Mullen who first introduced me to real New York cannolis, and I could not be more grateful.

That said, there’s very little that can compare to a fresh, warm, cinnamony churro.

1. Churro 2. Cannoli 3. Strudel 4. Baklava. And I love baklava. Tough one.

William Craig @BillySubs: What are your top three nacho options in Starkville?

Bob: The more and more I do this segment, the more I realize Starkville might be an appetizer town. In fact, on the show, we officially declared it – “Starkville: Mississippi’s Appetizer Town.”

If I’m forced to pick….

1. Chicken nachos at Bin 612 2. Philly cheesesteak nachos at Halfway House 3. New Orleans nachos at The Veranda. Honorable mentions: Greek nachos at Zorbas, Gumbalaya nachos at Stagger In, and in memoriam, the no-longer-available BBQ nachos from Grumpy’s.

Tyler Jones @TheRealBigJones: How long does an eyebrow take to grow back? Asking for a friend.

Joey-EyebrowBob: We don’t really think about it this way, but eyebrows are technically facial hair. I mean, it’s hair on our face. So, Tyler’s Friend, how long does it take for you to get a thick growth along your jaw line? I’d imagine it would take roughly the same amount of time, give or take, to grow an eyebrow back. Even if you can’t grow much facial hair, I’d think an eyebrow wouldn’t take more than a couple weeks to fill back in.

Happy Spring Break.

Abigail Stricklin @AbigailS12: If you could be any animal native to Australia, what would it be?

Bob: There lots of good options here. Kangaroos, Tasmanian Devils, dingoes, wallabies, wombats, all members of the bandicoot family, even platypuses, anteaters, emus, kookaburras, sea turtles, sharks, lizards and real-life penguins in southern Australia.

koala-lazing-aboutBut the life I most want to live? I’ll take the eucalyptus-eating, tree-climbing and long-napping days of the koala.

Will Gilmer @gilmerdairy: What did you do while Twitter was down?

Bob: What a dark, dark time that was. I started some laundry and did some jump roping to take my mind off the fear. So glad we’re past that now.

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