Blog Bag Answers: Jones’ Suspension, Baseball Crootin’, Redshirts

I’m about to head out for Lexington, but first let me drop these Blog Bag answers on you. Enjoy.

Q: Is there any update on P.J. Jones and when he may play this year?

A: Nope, mum’s the word from Dan Mullen. Jones must have committed a serious offense to draw such a lengthy suspension – four games and counting, and I have received no indication he’ll return this week.

Such secrecy, of course, leads to speculation. I’ve heard a few different possibilities about what Jones did, and while I don’t know exactly what it is, it’s cringe-worthy. Obviously, the longer this suspension goes, the worse it makes Jones look.

Q: Mississippi State picked up a few baseball commits. What do they look like? Any info?

A: According to, MSU has 15 commitments for the 2013 class, one for 2014 and one for 2015 (a local kid, Luke Alexander of Belmont). So let’s look at the ’13 class. Some notable players:

• SS/RHP Reid Humphreys (Northwest Rankin), who batted .360 last season and also posted a 1.85 ERA. According to Gene Swindoll, he’s the younger brother of former Bulldog and current Major Leaguer Tyler Moore.

• RHP Austin Sexton (Sparkman, Ala.), who was named second-team All-American by Perfect Game last season.

• RHP/C Ben Hudspeth (Tupelo, ICC), who was 11-0 with a 1.82 ERA last season.

I don’t believe you need a subscription to Scout to view this story, so here are bios on all 15 commits.

Q: Do you have to be labeled a “redshirt” all year to receive the redshirt or do you just not have to play a certain amount of plays/games to receive a redshirt?

A: A coach can say he’s redshirting a guy, but he’s not officially redshirted until the season is over and hasn’t played. NCAA bylaw says, “Any competition, regardless of time, during a season in an intercollegiate sport shall be counted as a season of competition in that sport.” There are exceptions to that rule in other sports, but not in football, aside from medical issues (see: Marcus Green). One play, and the redshirt’s off.

I double-checked that info with MSU compliance director Bracky Brett, and he confirmed it.

I am the online content coordinator for I also co-host The Memo and Prep Rally podcasts and host the Newsbreak program. Previously at the Journal, I covered Mississippi State athletics (2008-13), high schools (2004-08), and was on the copy desk (2002-04).

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