This week’s game: MSU (2-0) at Troy (1-1), Saturday, 6 p.m., ESPN3.com (Shawn Kenney and John Bunting)
Good morning, readers. I hope you have a little time to read what I wrote for today’s Journal. Some thought-provoking stuff, I’m sure, starting with the latest on what Byron De’Vinner had to say about the recruitment of Will Redmond. It was quite an interesting day Wednesday, as De’Vinner was quoted by several different news outlets and offered different (and sometimes differing) details to each one.
Collectively, what we know is essentially this: De’Vinner says he’s just trying to clear his name and wants people to know that rogue MSU booster Robert Denton Herring is the guy behind most of these shenanigans, which included a $6,000 enticement to Redmond for choosing MSU. But De’Vinner apparently doesn’t know for sure whether Redmond took the money.
Let’s rerun the quote from today’s story on that: “From my experience, Will never took it. That’s my understanding, he didn’t. I can’t say if he did or didn’t, because I didn’t see it.” Have fun deciphering that.
Also in today’s Journal is a column I wrote about the next four weeks of MSU football. It’s an honest observation, and one that I made out of genuine concern for the fans, and out of genuine curiosity as to how the Bulldogs will look coming out of this stretch. Troy, South Alabama, bye week, Kentucky? Not the stiffest of tests. Frankly, I believe MSU will come out of it just fine and should beat Tennessee, but it’s something to consider.
An aside, if you please: For those saying I’m trying to be negative about MSU possibly starting 5-0, you would do well to remember how much I’ve said and written about how huge the Auburn win was and what kind of season was/is possible after winning that game, and how 7-0 is a very real possibility, and how going into Alabama on that kind of roll gives State a fighting chance in Tuscaloosa. Most of you are smart enough to fit my column into the larger context of what I’ve said and written before; please help those who struggle with that.
Hey, don’t forget, later today I’ll post my SEC Power Rankings as well as a prediction on the Troy game.