In today's Journal you can find a story about Wayne Madkin and Eric Moulds, a couple of former MSU football players who co-host a show on Bulldog Sports Radio (CLICK HERE). The thrust of the story is those two coming together and how they provide listeners a window into MSU's athletic past.
When speaking with them last week, we covered other ground, too. I asked what they're up to, and Madkin said he's involved with a Fortune 500 company that he declined to name, while Moulds said he's been pursued by some high schools in the Tampa area, where he lives, to be a head coach. He got a taste of coaching when serving as an assistant in the Players All-Star Classic in Little Rock earlier this year.
"I've had a lot of experience as far as getting into coaching, and I have a lot of friends that coach all over college and in the pros that give me an opportunity to come and check out their programs," Moulds said. "It would be an easy transition for me, because I understand the game, I understand the concept of what coaches are supposed to do. It's really on me to decide where I want to be and where I want to coach at."
I asked both guys what they think about the 2012 Bulldogs, and both believe good things are possible.
Madkin: "They're capable of being a top contender in the West, but you've got to be able to capitalize on those specific plays during the season. … If we're able to churn out productivity in our best players, I think helmet-to-helmet, 11-on-11, we can get there."
Moulds: "I think they're capable of a lot. It all depends on, and I've always said this, no matter what league you're in – high school, college, pro, even Pop Warner – you're only going to be as successful as both lines, the offensive line and defensive line. I feel if they play well, Mississippi State can make a lot of noise in the Southeastern Conference."
Moulds, of course, had a productive 12-year NFL career. He finished with 764 catches for 9,995 yards and 49 touchdowns. It's been five years since Moulds retired, and I asked him if he could put his career in perspective.
"I look back on my career, and I feel like I did a lot of good things. Being an All-Pro a few times and having a lot of records in the National Football League is always a plus. There's always a little bitter taste in your mouth because I never won a Super Bowl. Just getting the respect of a lot of people around the National Football League, a lot of the great players that say they're big fans of mine and watched me play, that means a lot to me also. But never getting a chance to win that Super Bowl is always a bitter taste in your mouth."
• Also in today's Journal is an SEC basketball notebook (CLICK HERE), featuring Rick Ray.