I hope all of you had a pleasant Easter Sunday. I had intended to take the entire day off, and almost made it, too.
Alas, news of Rodney Hood deciding to leave the basketball program broke last night (CLICK HERE). The freshman guard would have been MSU's top returning scorer, rebounder and assist man. This leaves the Bulldogs with five returning scholarship players, and only a combined 32 career starts will be back (22 by Jalen Steele, eight by Wendell Lewis, two by Shaun Smith).
The spring signing period begins Wednesday and ends May 16. New coach Rick Ray now has eight scholarship spots available – you're allowed a maximum of 13 per year – with five players currently signed. But how many of those signed players will ask for a scholarship release?
Next year's starting lineup will be, um, interesting. I'll take a gander at it once all the dust has settled on this roster.
• While we're talking basketball, I expect Ray to announce at least one coaching hire either today or tomorrow. He's got two spots to fill, and one of them is expected to be Northern Colorado's Adam Gordon. He was the director of basketball operations there this past season.
• On to baseball, where MSU finally won an SEC series, and in dramatic fashion (CLICK HERE). Daryl Norris was the hero, capping a strong weekend for the sophomore, who wasn't expected to play for another week or two.
In three games as DH, Norris was 6 of 10 with four RBIs.