Happy Hump Day. Now let's go through some links, because I haven't had my coffee yet and am not up for anything more strenuous.
UPDATE: I'VE HAD MY COFFEE SINCE STARTING THIS ENTRY WOOOO!!
• My opinion offering today talks about Geoff Collins and his time on the recruiting trail. It's drawn from the interview I did with him yesterday for my radio show, and you can listen to that entire interview here. It's actually the whole first segment of the show, and the interview begins about three minutes in.
One of the many topics we covered was incoming transfer Brandon Maye, a linebacker from Clemson. Maye saw his playing time cut down last year, which led to some discontent on his part. Collins gave an insightful explanation for why that transpired, saying that the system run by Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Steele – with whom Collins worked at Alabama – often takes linebackers off the field.
"The ACC has become a spread league," Collins said. "Four wide receivers, three wide receivers, that kind of deal. Well, in the Nick Saban/Kevin Steele system, if you bring in four wide receivers, then that system predicates that you come out and you play with six defensive backs, and you're playing with only one linebacker.
"So I think Brandon kind of got caught up in just the nature of that system, where with us, we don't care. You can come out with five wide receivers, we're still sitting out there with three linebackers and have flexibility with the coverages, flexibility with the package to make the matchups right. "
• MSU's baseball team traveled to Mobile last night to play South Alabama, and the offense went into beast mode in the seventh inning, when 14 batters came to the plate and the Bulldogs scored 10 runs. They went on to win 15-9.
Outfielder Brent Brownlee had a career-high five RBIs, notching a two-run double and a two-run triple in the seventh. MSU (26-18) returns to SEC play this weekend at Tennessee.
• You've read about ex-Bulldog Keith Fitzhugh and his decision to forego his NFL career so he can keep steady employment as a train engineer. With the lockout on, he looks really smart now. … ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach has updated his preseason top 25, and MSU just sneaks in.