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Monday Morning Coffee Break

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For the Bulldog Club members on my site, the Bulldog Club is once again having a pre-game party prior to each home game. Bully's Clubhouse, as it is called, will be located in the Bost Cooperative Extension Center Auditorium and will open 2 hours prior to kickoff. Bulldog Club members, along with their guests, are encouraged to attend. The cost is $8 per person with children under 12 allowed to eat free as long as they are accompanied by a paying adult. Meals will include side items and drinks. Please bring your Bulldog Club membership card for admittance into Bully's Clubhouse.

Join MSU coaches, administrators and special guests each week.

Bully's Clubhouse will be open the following home games.

Sept. 14 - Jacksonville State
Sept. 19 - Auburn
Oct. 12 - Troy State
Nov. 2 - Kentucky
Nov. 16 - Tennessee
Nov. 23 - Arkansas

The NCAA visited MSU for the second time this past week...

With no fanfare as was preceded during their first visit to MSU a little over a month ago, NCAA investigators visited Mississippi State this past week for additional interviews. Flying in, they stayed for a day and a half, then flew back out.

I know a lot of folks, especially several fans of one particular school, have said the NCAA is about to hit MSU hard, however, based on my information (real facts, not internet rumors), the NCAA and MSU have resolved a great number of their issues, with a few remaining to be resolved. As of now, I expect very little will come of the issues involved, including the ones yet to be resolved. However, issues unknown at this time could always surface, so stay tuned.


For all those basketball junkies out there, MSU has a special game planned on December 14th. MSU will be playing against Xavier University in New York City's Madison Square Garden as part of a college doubleheader. This is not a tournament, but a two-game doubleheader. It will be a great time to take a mini-vacation in the greatest city in the world, while also watching our basketball Bulldogs play against one of what could be the best teams in the nation.

Why do I say Xavier is one of the best teams in the nation? Because not only did they go 26-6 last season while advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, but they have two players returning who are on the Wooden Award Preseason All-American Team. Mississippi State has one player on the list, Mario Austin. This is a list of 50 student-athletes who, based on last year's individual performance and team records, are the early frontrunners for college basketball's most coveted trophy, the John R. Wooden Award. Xavier's players are Romain Sato, a 6-5, junior forward/guard combo and David West, a 6-8, senior forward. To read more about West, click here and to read more about Sato, click here.

If you want to know more about the John R. Wooden Award, the official web address is


Mississippi State baseball got underway last week with their fall practices. Although I didn't attend any practices last week. I hope to attend a couple this week, at least the ones when they scrimmage. I will keep you updated as to how each player is performing during scrimmages. I will make it a point to key on how the newcomers are doing.


Gene's Page Top 101 Mississippi High School Senior Prospects List to debut at the completion of the high school season....

A couple of months ago, Brandon HS linebacker Ken Griffith and Callaway HS offensive lineman Donovan Davis asked me when I was going to come out with my Mississippi high school player rankings. I told them I have never done rankings because I don't get to see all the players in Mississippi and wouldn't feel right ranking players based on what I read and hear.

However, ever since they asked me about that, I have thought about it off and on. Because I have been doing my page so long and know who most of the top players in the state are, I'm now giving it very serious thought. In fact, from now on, I plan on attending at least one Mississippi high school game a week and as many high school practices as possible, as long as they don't interfere with my coverage of Mississippi State sports.

As an aid in this huge project, I am about to begin the process of enlisting as many Mississippi high school coaches as possible to help me identify the top senior players in Mississippi. I will use their input heavily, but the final decision as to who ranks where will be solely mine. I also hope some of you will be willing to email me information about any prospects you see. I realize we all have hometown biases, but you need to be as unbiased as possible. If you decide to email me information, please include the following: player's name, high school, position, height, weight and why you think the player is a four-year college prospect. Remember, he has to be a senior. You can also email me information about an underclassman for future reference, but I need the same information on him. Please make it a point of putting in the email what classification the player is, i.e., senior, junior, etc.

I know there will be potential for criticism due to the placement of players in my Gene's Page Top 101 Prospects List because of local town bias, but I promise you I will be as fair as I possibly can.

By the way, this list will be the top senior prospects in the state, which doesn't necessarily mean the top 101 high school senior players in the state. I am trying to find the top 101 college prospects in the state, not the top 101 high school senior players. Please keep that in mind.


For those of you who haven't noticed, my front page now has a Gene's Page Control Panel near the top of the front page. It is directly below the three banners and goes completely across the page. The Control Panel allows you easy access to quite a few locations on my site. You can also access your account on it by clicking the My Account link. That will allow you to access your account (My Member Profile) so that you can change your email address, password or to see your Gene's Page subscription information (My Subscriptions).


If you don't see your event listed on the Gene's Page calendar, please email Mary Ann at the email address listed below.

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 new email address is

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:
September 2, 2002
August 26, 2002
August 12, 2002
July 22, 2002
July 8, 2002
June 24, 2002
June 17, 2002
June 10, 2002
June 3, 2002
May 27, 2002
May 20, 2002
May 13, 2002
May 6, 2002
April 29, 2002
April 22, 2002
April 8, 2002
April 1, 2002
March 25, 2002
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 You can contact him by emailing

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