Wednesday Morning Roundup: Links and Notes

It’s been kinda busy for a week in mid-July, so I’ve got plenty of reading to distract you from your duties at work or home or vacation or whatever. Let’s start with a few links.

My opinion offering is about college football, or more specifically, whether the coming season will offer fans (and media) a respite from an offseason filled with disheartening headlines.

MSU has reported an NCAA infraction involving impermissible benefits to high school baseball prospects. The school is still awaiting word from the SEC on whether the self-imposed penalties will be accepted and whether there will be any further penalties.

Dan Mullen and Ole Miss chancellor Dan Jones will be on the same team today at the Viking Classic Pro-Am in Madison. I do wonder, though, if Mullen will clang a cowbell when Jones is on the first tee, just for funsies. The group, which includes pro Steve Elkington, tees off at 11:50 a.m.

• In basketball news, MSU has set its European tour schedule, and former Bulldog standout Lawrence Roberts has a new team in Lithuania.


There are a few other things worth noting this morning.

• The baseball team picked up a big signee in the form of infielder Nick Flair of Belle Chasse, La. The consensus All-American was the New Orleans metro player of the year following his senior season, in which he batted .619 with 12 home runs and 62 RBIs.

Flair (6-foot-3, 180 pounds) was selected in the 26th round by Pittsburgh in this year’s MLB Draft. His grandfather, the late Al Flair, had a cup of coffee with the Boston Red Sox in 1941.

• Sticking with baseball, coach John Cohen awarded varsity letters to 25 players, according to a release sent out this morning. Eight of those letters went to seniors, plus junior Devin Jones, who signed a pro contract with Baltimore. So MSU will have 16 lettermen returning for the 2012 season.

• AD Scott Stricklin tweeted some info this morning about football tickets. He says fewer than 1,000 “mini-plans” remain – that package costs $75 and includes tickets to home games versus South Carolina, Louisiana Tech and UT-Martin. Also, single-game tickets for Ole Miss, Louisiana Tech and UT-Martin go on sale to Bulldog Club members July 18 (that’s Monday), and to the general public on Aug. 1.