Croom Gets Contract Extension

Mississippi State University annnounced Wednesday that head football Coach Sylvester Croom has received an extension of his contract. The revised pact, which has already been approved by the Board of Trustees, Institutions of Higher Learning at their December meeting, runs through the 2008 football season.

"This contract extension demonstrates the university's recognition of the outstanding job that Coach Croom has done in just one year as the head of our football program," director of Athletics Larry Templeton said in a released statement. "It also fulfills our commitment to him, as it relates to our NCAA sanctions."

"We are proud of the work that coach Croom and his staff have done, building a foundation for the future of our football program. We are excited about the direction our program is headed and confident that he will be the leader of our football program well into the future."

Croom inherited a football program that had won just eight games in the previous three years. In his first season the Bulldogs finished 3-8, 2-6 SEC, and doubled the number of Southeastern Conference wins achieved during the previous two years with back-to-back victories over Florida and Kentucky.

The Bulldogs went 2-10 in 2003 and 3-9 in 2002, with one SEC victory over that span.

Croom has been away from campus visiting prospective recruits for most of the days since his first season ended with a 20-3 loss in the Egg Bowl.

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