Hey, it’s Friday, so I have some Blog Bag answers for you. We got some football, some baseball and some basketball in this week’s edition. Here ya go.
Q: I’d love to hear Dan Mullen‘s take on why he escorted the team off the field without singing the alma mater. As far as I know that’s the first time they haven’t sung since Mullen has been coach. It just seemed a little disrespectful to the fans who were still there
A: I noticed the Bulldogs getting off the field pretty quick after the Texas A&M game. I figured it was just because MSU lost. But I asked that question of a team spokesman, who’s yet to get back to me. When/if he does, I’ll update this.
Q: How many more years are we going to keep Les Koenning as our offensive coordinator?
A: No idea. This is his fourth season, and I’m no good at determining how much of a team’s struggles are due to the coordinator as opposed to the game plan or personnel or simply the other team being better. It’s a lot more complicated than we probably realize.
Q: Can you who are around coach Mullen see any attitude changes after two tough losses?
A: Well, his answers after games are a bit shorter, but otherwise he’s seemed pretty much the same. Mullen does a good job of projecting an even-keeled attitude no matter the result, because that’s what he preaches to his team.
Q: Who has made the most offseason progress on the baseball team, especially on the pitching staff? Will the overall expectations be reasonable for the 2013 squad?
A: In talking with coach John Cohen earlier this week, he was high on several guys – as he tends to be – but he noted that Chad Girodo made “a huge jump” during the fall after a great summer playing in California. In 11 appearances last season – all in relief – Girodo was 0-1 with a team-worst 5.87 ERA. He logged just 7 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs (five earned) on 13 hits with with six strikeouts and a walk. Then with San Luis Obispo (Calif.) of the California Collegiate League, Girodo posted a 0.99 ERA in 16 relief appearances, with a remarkable 44-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 27 1/3 innings.
The left-hander from Hartselle, Ala, is a junior this year and should vie for a big role.
As for the expectations in 2013, the Bulldogs should contend in the SEC Western Division, make the NCAA regionals, and beyond that it’s very hard to predict. But this squad has a chance to be better than last year’s, especially if the offense comes around.
Q: Is there now “the curse of Rick Stansbury?”
A: Well, I suppose you could say that. The cupboard sure was bare for Rick Ray.
Q: Is Ann Coulter the most annoying white woman in America?
A: No, that would be Fran Drescher.