"We're almost two years ahead," he said.
Croom arrived at Mississippi State in 2004 with the philosophy that a college shouldn't offer a scholarship until a player's senior year. He quickly changed his mind.
"It's a lot like the NFL (now)," he said. "The NFL looks at guy's salary contracts and who is going to become a free agent. We have to look at who is going to graduate, positions we're going to be deficient, how many guys we're going to be able to sign."
SEC TV UPDATE: A marketing deal recently signed by the University of Florida with Sun Sports does not mean the death of a possible SEC television network, commissioner Mike Slive said. There was speculation that the deal meant the conference had decided against starting its own TV network. Not so, says Slive.
No decision has been made and won't be until the fall, Slive said.
Florida's deal, like any deal signed by an SEC school, states than any decision made by the league supersedes an individual school's agreements.
THIS AND THAT: The SEC will not adopt an injury report policy like the ACC has, Slive said. The ACC is planning to require coaches to divulge the injury status of players twice a week. … This year's event drew 750 credentialed media members. More than 25 radio stations are broadcasting live from the site. … Georgia head coach Mark Richt, wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi and defensive tackle Jeff Owens will represent the Bulldogs at the event today.