Brad Pendergrass Interview

Brad Pendergrass, the Assistant to Coach Croom, took time out of his busy schedule to talk about several upcoming Mississippi State football-related events and activities.

What are some football-related events and activities Mississippi State is having this spring and summer?
"The coaches clinic is March 31st and April 1st, which is a Thursday and Friday. We have had a very successful coaches clinic in the past and we feel it will continue to get better. Something that we are doing that is extremely different for Mississippi State is we are having a featured speaker, Pat Dye, the former Auburn coach. He will speak on Thursday."

If a coach reads this and wants to come to the clinic, who does he need to contact?
"He can call 662-325-2534 and anyone who answers the phone can provide information regarding our coaches clinic."

Summer camps are always an important aspect of any football program. When and what camps will Mississippi State be providing this summer?
"Summer camps begin on June 9th, which is a Thursday. Our Ladies Clinic, which is on that date, will be one day this year instead of two. It will start at 8 a.m. and go through 5 p.m. The offensive staff will be with the ladies in the morning and the defensive staff will be with them in the afternoon. We are planning some different activities from last year and hope to really get our numbers up. I think the ladies who attended our clinic last year really enjoyed themselves. I've had almost every one of them contact me and tell me that they had a great time.

"On Friday and Saturday, June 10th and 11th, will be our first session of our two 7-on-7 and O-Line and D-Line camps. Registration for that will be Friday, June 10th at noon and the camp will run until noon Sunday. Sunday, June 12th, will be our Junior/Senior Camp. Only juniors- and seniors-to-be will be involved in that camp. It is a one-day, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., camp. In the morning, we will do a lot of testing such as the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, bench press, those sorts of things. In the afternoon, it is more of a competition setting. Last year, we had over 200 kids attend the camp. Our final camp, which is another 7-on-7 and O-Line/D-Line camp, is July 22nd and 23rd. We are doing two 7-on-7 camps because it was so successful last year and it gives high school kids and teams another opportunity to attend our camps. We had upwards of a 1,000 kids at our camp last year. Compared to what other schools are doing, we are in the upper echelon. For camp information, anyone can call our football office at 662-325-2534 and speak with Jane Ballard. Jane is our camp guru and does a great job helping us. She, Phil Silva and I handle the camp. The costs of all these camps are listed on our website at mstateathletics.com."

Junior Day is another important part of a football program, especially the recruiting aspect of it. When is Mississippi State's Junior Day?
"It is April 2nd, beginning at 9 a.m. We have various activities planned. It will end with a lunch and our football practice, which will be a scrimmage that is closed to the public. You can call our football office (662-325-2534) and they will help you sign your son up for our Junior Day."

If someone would like you to speak at their civic club or group, how would they go about setting up a speaking engagement?
"They can call me through the football office or they can speak with Susan Simmons, who serves as Rockey Felker's and my secretary."

We all have personal career goals. What is yours?
"My goal is to eventually be an athletic director at a successful university. By being involved in all aspects of an athletic department, I hope to achieve that goal one day."


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