News from MSU Media Relations--August 18

The lastest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Men's Basketball & Football.

Men's Basketball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - A five-year veteran of coach Rick Stansbury's Mississippi State University men's basketball program, Talvis Franklin has been named the Bulldogs' coordinator of men's basketball operations. Franklin's hiring is pending the approval of the Mississippi Board of Trustees, Institutions of Higher Learning.

A native of Tupelo, Franklin spent the past five seasons serving as a student manager for Stansbury's State squads. Having recently earned his bachelor's degree in teaching/coaching this past summer, Franklin is currently pursuing his master's degree in education.

As MSU's coordinator of men's basketball operations, Franklin is charged with film exchange duties and assisting with the coordination of the team's travel arrangements. In addition, he is responsible for the daily academic supervision of the Bulldog players along with maintaining his role in the supervision of the club's student managers.

In his previous five seasons with the Bulldog basketball program, Franklin was a member of MState teams that claimed a Southeastern Conference overall championship in 2003-04 as well as SEC Western Division titles both this past season and in 2002-03.

Franklin, 33, is a 1992 graduate of Shannon High School, where he participated in both basketball and football.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State head football coach Sylvester Croom sent his team through a two-hour, 30-minute practice Friday, the last tune-up prior to Saturday's final scrimmage of the 2007 pre-season camp. And the head coach intends to change direction on this game-type session.

"We're going to look hard at our first units during this scrimmage," Croom said. "We'll definitely work the ones more. And we'll do more kicking. We will finalize all of our decisions after tomorrow's scrimmage.

"The first scrimmage was more for the younger guys," Croom said. "It was a good evaluation to help us get to the guys who are really going to see playing time against LSU."

Mississippi State will scrimmage at 8 a.m. Saturday, a workout that is closed to the fans and media. The Bulldogs will then have the remainder of the weekend off before reporting back to campus Sunday night.

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