Scholarship Game; Bulldogs Sign; Big Meet

I just finished interviewing some football players here this morning. Awfully early, but we take ‘em when we can get ‘em. So look for some good football stories in the coming days, and I’ll share some of what I learned on this blog later today.

But let’s get to today’s headlines.

SCHOLARSHIP GAME: MSU’s basketball team added 6-foot-11 UTEP transfer Arnett Moultrie on Tuesday, meaning that the Bulldogs are maxed out on scholarships for 2010-11. Moultrie will have to sit out this coming season, per NCAA transfer rules, but his scholarship counts toward the 2010-11 total. He’ll still have two years of eligibility remaining.

Now, if point guard Dee Bost somehow won his appeal for reinstatement, then you’d have a problem. But as coach Rick Stansbury likes to say regarding such situations, things always work themselves out (see: last year). And in using his last scholarship on Moultrie, Stansbury obviously considers Bost to be gone for good; or, if Bost wins, perhaps Stansbury will ask him to pull a Jarvis Varnado and pay his own way next year.

If you’d like a recap, here’s who will be on scholarship for MSU for the 2010-11 school year, assuming Bost’s appeal is denied:

F Kodi Augustus, Sr.

F/C Elgin Bailey, Jr.

PG Twany Beckham, So.

G Riley Benock, Sr.

G Brian Bryant, Jr.

G Ravern Johnson, Sr.

F Wendell Lewis, So.

F Arnett Moultrie, So. (must sit out 2010-11, will be junior in ’11-’12)

C John Riek, So.

F/C Renardo Sidney, So.

G Shaun Smith, RFr.

G Jalen Steele, Fr.

G Phil Turner, Sr.

Non-scholarship players are Brandon Bolen, Taylor Luczak, Charles Parker and Baxter Price.

BULLDOGS SIGN PRO DEALS: A trio of former MSU baseball players signed pro contracts yesterday. First baseman Connor Powers, drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 21st round, has been assigned to Eugene, Ore., home of the team’s Northwest League franchise; infielder Jet Butler (New York Mets, 26th round) has reported to the Brooklyn (N.Y.) Cyclones of the New York-Penn League; and left-handed pitcher Tyler Whitney (Seattle Mariners, 34th round) is headed for the Everett (Wash.) AquaSox of the Northwest League.

Both leagues open their seasons Friday.

BIG MEET FOR MSU: As I reported on this blog Monday, MSU will host the SEC/Big Ten Challenge next year at its overhauled track facility. Due to space issues, the story didn’t make it into the Daily Journal until today, but here it is.