Opinion Offering; Decision Day; On the Links

In today’s Journal, my opinion offering examines the possibility that MSU’s season might not go as planned. I wrote it not to be negative, as I’m sure some will assert, but simply to add some perspective to the expectations surrounding the program right now.

Personally, I believe the Bulldogs will have a good season, and will be better than last year, even if the final record doesn’t reflect that. But I’ve watched enough college football to know that some teams inexplicably fall off the map, and it’s hard sometimes to understand why.

And there are issues that could unravel the Bulldogs’ season, especially if they’re compounded by injuries and plain ol’ bad luck. I guess the point of my column was this: Nothing is guaranteed, and to believe otherwise is foolhardy.

• Later today, a big-time prospect will make a public verbal commitment to either Mississippi State or Tennessee. Wide receiver Jason Croom, a four-star recruit from Norcross, Ga., will make the announcement about 2 p.m. Central time, a few hours before opening up his senior campaign tonight.

MSU and UT fans seem equally convinced that Croom will choose their school. That’s recruiting for you. He’d be a big pickup for State, which so far has 16 commitments for the 2012 class.

• You might’ve seen my tweet yesterday about MSU’s football complex. The IHL board is meeting today and is set to approve the exterior design of the facility, which will cost more than $20 million. More notable than that was this tidbit included in the board book: Work on the complex is scheduled to begin in September, and it should be completed by December of 2012.

• My man Kyle Veazey of the Commerical Appeal has a nice story on MSU’s Coldwater Boys.

• Former MSU star K.J. Wright has quickly found a place in Seattle as a middle linebacker, which is not where he was projected to play in the NFL. In other ex-Bulldog/NFL news, Kevin Dockery signed with the Steelers yesterday.