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Monday Morning Coffee Break

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Mississippi State basketball will have a congratulations party for the men's basketball team this week. I will post the complete details when I have them.


The Diamond Dogs (12-7-1), after losing 2-of-3 to South Carolina last weekend, went on the road to Lexington, Kentucky and defeated the Wildcats 2-of-3 to move their SEC record to 3 and 3 on the season. The Dogs could have easily swept the Wildcats but blew a 5-0 lead in the second game of the series.

MSU sophomore lefthander Paul Maholm threw his second straight SEC complete-game victory during the Kentucky series. Paul continues to show the form that earned him the Baseball America pre-season SEC pitcher of the year selection.

After hitting just .269 last season, the current Diamond Dogs are hitting .321 as a group with 18 homers. Just for information purposes, last year's team hit its 18th homer on April 15th.

In case you are wondering, last year's team was 12-7, the same record as this year's team, after 19 games. The only difference is the 1 tie that this year's team has. Also, last year's team was 4-2 in the SEC after six games. This year's team, as stated above, is 3-3. And, like last year's team, this team is trying to find a relief pitcher who will emerge as the late-inning closer. Let's hope they wind up with the same results as last year's team did with the emergence of relief pitchers such as Wooten, Medders and Young.


Mississippi State continues spring practice this week with closed practices on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. I will have reports on all three practices.

As most of you know, former basketball player Michael Gholar is now practicing with the football team. The coaches had already noticed his athletic ability, and after this past Saturday's scrimmage they have noticed that he can make plays, as he recorded recorded 5 tackles (2 solo) during the scrimmage.

Michael, the best pure leaper on this past season's basketball team, will participate in the 14th annual Slam Dunk Championship as part of the Final Four weekend. You can see it on ESPN, March 28 at 6 p.m. (CT).

Mississippi State has had several Mississippi high school prospects attend practices this past week including Greenwood HS's Brandon Davis, a 6-6, 350+, junior offensive lineman; Oak Grove HS junior OL John Davis, 6-3, 295; Linzy Patterson, a 6-5, 215, junior tight end from Amory HS; Lance Fremin, a 6-2, 265, junior OL from Starkville HS; and Dezmond Sherrod, a 6-5, 216, junior tight end from Caledonia HS. Look for updates on all five of these players sometime this week.


I attended Mississippi State's high school football coaches' clinic this past Thursday and Friday. I made a lot of solid coaching contacts while attending the clinic. I also plan on attending at least one, and possibly two, Nike Camps (Student Sports, a member of TheInsiders network, organizes them) as well as at least one high school football combine and as many Mississippi high school spring football practices as possible in between MSU events and games. Beginning Tuesday, look for continuous recruiting updates on high school football players located in Mississippi, Memphis (a new MSU recruiting hotbed) and, to a lesser extent, Atlanta (MSU recruits a few players from there), during the spring, summer and fall.


What is the MEMBER SERVICES section on the left-hand column of my front page? Member Services is where you can check out your account info., including your subscriptions. All you have to do is click on MY ACCOUNT in that section and it will take you into your account. If you are already logged in you will not be asked to enter your username and password. If you are logged out, you will be asked to enter your username and password. Once you have entered your info you will be taken to a page that has three links on it, MY MEMBER PROFILE, MY SUBSCRIPTIONS and a link back to my front page. My Member Profile is where you can change your password and email address. My Subscriptions has your Gene's Page subscriptions listed. If you want to know the date when you signed up you can find that info there. If you have never gone into your account I would suggest doing so.


If you have a MSU related event coming up and you don't see it listed on the Gene's Page calendar, email Mary Ann your information and she will post it on the calendar. We purchased the calendar for your use, so please don't hesitate using it. Mary Ann's email address is maryannswindoll@hotmail.com.

Well, that wraps up this week's edition of the Monday Morning Bulldog Coffee Break.

Have a great Bulldog week!

Gene Swindoll

Archived Monday Morning Coffee Break Articles:
March 4, 2002
Feb. 25, 2002
Feb. 18, 2002
Feb. 11, 2002
Feb. 4, 2002
Jan. 28, 2002
Jan. 21, 2002
Jan. 14, 2002
Jan. 7, 2002
Dec. 31, 2001
Dec. 24, 2001
Dec. 17, 2001
Dec. 10, 2001
Dec. 3, 2001
Nov. 26, 2001
Nov. 19, 2001
Nov. 12, 2001
Nov. 7, 2001

Gene Swindoll is the owner of Gene's Page, the unofficial source for Mississippi State sports on the internet. The URL for Gene's Page is http://mississippistate.theinsiders.com. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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