Mucho thanks go out to soccer coach Neil McGuire for turning down the head coaching position at the University of Miami to stay with the Bulldogs. I found out about this through a Miami media source of mine.
As most of you know, MSU has recently lost two coaches (Andy Jackson and Pat McMahon) to the University of Florida. Nice to see one of our coaches turning down a lucrative offer from a Florida school to remain at MSU.
Coach McGuire, one of the rising stars on the college soccer coaching scene, led the MSU women's soccer team to their first-ever SEC Western Division championship and a regional ranking this past season while earning SEC Coach of the Year. He returns all but one of his players and has an outstanding signing class coming in. Included in that signing class is Courtney Hubert (Vicksburg, Miss./Warren Central HS), the Mississippi High School Gatorade Player of the Year.
Mississippi State's excellent football signing class, one of the top 15 in the nation this past season, will have almost half of its players on display at Ladd-Peeples Memorial Stadium in Mobile, Alabama this coming Saturday night when they participate in the annual Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Classic.
MSU signees who will be participating include P Brett Morgan 6-1, 190, QB Aries Nelson 6-3, 205, QB Ken Topps 6-0, 165, WR Tee Milons 5-10, 165, RB Jerious Norwood 6-1, 192, RB Kevin Dockery 5-10, 182, DB Darren Williams 6-3, 215, DL Willie Evans 6-3, 260, OL Monte Collins 6-8, 360, OL Richard Burch 6-5, 300, TE Deljuan Robinson 6-4, 275, TE Kenny Kern MSU 6-1, 235 and K Scott Shurden 5-8, 155.
Great news on this year's football recruiting front, one of the top players in not only Mississippi but the southeast, Brandon High School linebacker Ken Griffith, committed to MSU's coaches this past Monday. Ken is the start of what will, hopefully, be another outstanding recruiting class.
It looks like I was wrong about Bruce Stewart joining the MSU coaching staff. According to a former Starkville High School player who will be playing at OWCC this coming season, Coach Stewart, the head basketball coach at the school, has told him he plans on staying put while his son finishes his high school career. His son, an outstanding baseball player, will be a senior this coming season.
Starkville High School forward Travis Outlaw was co-winner of the slam dunk contest at this past week's MSU basketball camp.
Still no word on Shane Power's signing decision. Shane, an Iowa State transfer, has MSU and Notre Dame at the top of his list. The rumor appears to be he is close to committing.
Mississippi State baseball caught a break with the Major League Baseball draft this past week.
Of their signees, several were expected to be drafted in the first ten rounds of the draft. Included among those were OF Brad Corley, OF Jeff Butts, 2B Casey Hamilton, and OF Joseph Hunter. Only Corley was drafted and he wasn't drafted until the 16th round. At the time of this coffee break, he had not signed a pro contract. It is likely he won't based on the players drafted above him, his signability factor and the cut back in money the Rockies have available to sign its draftees.
MSU was part lucky and part unlucky as far as current players were concerned. Two pitchers, Chris Young and Jonathan Papelbon, were drafted. Young, a junior this past season, signed within a couple of days after being drafted while, according to folks who have talked to him or his parents, Papelbon has decided to stay at MSU for at least another year. Papelbon, only a sophomore this year, was redshirted his freshman year and turned 21 years old during this past season. That made him draft eligible.
MSU coaches, after finding out that Young was turning pro, almost immediately offered a scholarship to senior RHP/OF/INF Ben Grisham of Senatobia High School. Ben, a 5-11, 170-pounder, earned first team All-State this past season as an infielder. His dad, Ken, is author John Grisham's brother.
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Well, that wraps up this week's edition of the Monday Morning Bulldog Coffee Break.
Have a great Bulldog week!
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