Croom did hint at the situation when discussing his appearance on ESPN2's live broadcast of the Maroon-White Game this past Saturday. The head Dog enjoyed providing commentary with the network broadcast crew, except for the fact that he and his cohorts stood for the entire afternoon telecast. "That wasn't great on my knees," he grimmaced.
The state of Croom's knees has been well-known ever since he arrived in Starkville. The former star offensive linemen at Alabama and one-year professional center paid the same price as many who play a brutal blocking position at some point. And playing-days ailments were inevitably aggravated by years pacing college and NFL sidelines, particularly the ‘fuzzy concrete' of most artificial surfaced-stadiums.
Croom does frequently make light of his lineman's legs, and the fact that he spends portions of every Bulldog practice, such as the warm-ups and some specialty segments, patrolling the fields in a golf cart sponsored by the Greater Jackson Bulldog Boosters. The ‘Croommobile' is a nice ride and keeps the coach's legs as fresh as possible for daily drills, but now he has carved out post-spring time for a more permanent solution.
Hopefully the result is that come September, when the Bulldogs charge onto Scott Field for the season-opener, they will have to hustle to keep up with a head coach who has a new spring in his own step.