On the Links: Good, Busy Friday for Bulldogs

ATLANTA | Oh, the linkage I have for you this morning. There is much, much to read about, and a lot of it gives MSU folks reason to smile. So get comfortable, and let’s get to it.

• From the Journal, my account of the Bulldogs’ 3-0 win over Southern Miss in the NCAA Regional opener. That sets up a meeting today with No. 4 seed Austin Peay, which stunned host Georgia Tech, 2-1.

Tech and USM play an elimination game today at 2 p.m. Then MSU and Austin Peay tangle at 6, and the Bulldogs will send freshman Evan Mitchell to the mound. He’s from the Atlanta area.

I’ll have more on this matchup later today.

• Also in the Journal was the fine work of colleague Parrish Alford, who’s been in Destin, Fla., all week the SEC meetings. It all wrapped up Friday with the presidents voting on several big issues.

The biggest issue in MSU’s mind was the cowbell vote, and the presidents decided to extend the noisemaker policy for another year. It was an 11-0 vote in favor, with Ole Miss chancellor Dan Jones declining to vote, and he explained his reasons for doing so.

“Dr. (Mark) Keenum and I agreed some time ago that when there were controversial issues involving our schools that we would try to stay out of each other’s business,” Jones said. “He knew I would abstain and stay out of this fight. I didn’t pretend that I could be objective with anything that had to do with competitive issues with Mississippi State.”

Parrish also had a story on what was the biggest league-wide issue, oversigning. Coaches are now limited to signing 25 football prospects each year, instead of 28. Keenum was fully supportive of the change.

In a rather curious move, the presidents decided to eliminate the exception for graduate transfers, a move spurred by the Jeremiah Masoli situation. So a player who’s completed his degree and still has a year of eligibility remaining may not transfer to another school, which is what new MSU linebacker Brandon Maye just did, arriving from Clemson.

The rule won’t take effect until October, so it won’t affect guys like Maye.

• Also in the news is MSU defensive back Dennis Thames, who was dismissed from the team after his arrest earlier this week. I suppose how you look at it determines whether that’s good or bad for MSU. Thames has a history of running into trouble.

Whew, I think I got everything.

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