It’s Friday, which means I have some Blog Bag answers for you. I hope you find them satisfactory.
Q: What is the latest on the NCAA investigation? I read a couple of weeks ago that it was nearing the end and a report/statement would be released. Seems like a deal has been reached and Mississippi State being compliant will be exonerated?
A: Nothing new this week. Kind of waiting to see what the NCAA ruling will be. What MSU said on Aug. 23 was that it’s “nearing the end of this examination, and it is our intent to provide additional details when it is complete.”
No definite timeline on it, so it could be today, could be a month from now. I don’t think I would expect MSU to be “exonerated,” because it appears at least one major violation involving a booster occurred, and it’s still unclear what former assistant coach Angelo Mirando‘s precise involvement was.
Q: With Corey Broomfield‘s move to safety, Darius Slay being highly touted, and Johnthan Banks as good or better than anyone in the league, will we see less zone coverage in the secondary this year?
A: I asked Dan Mullen how comfortable he felt with those guys playing man defense. His response: “I feel good. We have some guys that are skilled players back there. We try to mix it up and give teams a lot of different looks in the secondary. That’s one part, I feel very confident that our guys are going to do their job with the experience we have on the back end.”
Q: Just how lucky were we (in your opinion) to snag someone with so much coaching experience to coach our wide receivers so close to the beginning of the football season? I know it’s only been two weeks, but I am thoroughly impressed with coach Tim Brewster.
A: I honestly thought MSU was going to have to make it through this season without a replacement for Mirando, and not only did the job get filled, it looks to be a home run hire. Brewster had a forgettable tenure as Minnesota’s head coach, but he has built a strong reputation as a top-notch assistant and recruiter, and he’s already having an impact on this year’s receiving corps. I have some video of receiver Jameon Lewis talking about Brewster.
Q: Does Scott Stricklin have any plans to try to keep the students from throwing drinks during the game?
A: This issue was addressed during an athletic department meeting reviewing game day operations. More security might be added to that area. Hey, at least they’re not throwing whiskey bottles.