"It is a great day for me. Just listening to Sylvester talk, I was so excited and impressed with him. He already has me fired up about the football season. I think he has the right ideas and is on the right track. I feel he is not just a talker, but a doer. He is going to turn the program around."
How much pride do you have knowing that your university was the first college in the SEC to hire an African-American head football coach?
"I take a lot of pride in it. I always said I wanted the best coach for Mississippi State because I wanted us to get back on track and win games. With him being one of the best coaches out there and also being African-American, that is a special gift for me."
You were on the advisory committee that helped select Coach Croom. After seeing and hearing him, does this give you an even greater feeling that you definitely help select the right guy?
"Oh yeah, I was sitting there thinking that I have been back here working for Mississippi State 12 years now and how special it was to be on the advisory committee. Then, to go out and get a guy like Sylvester made it even more special."
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